I want all of you GIRLS AND GUYS to watch these videos about women, advertising, body-image - and before you think, "How lame - advertising affects me shit", don't. Because it does even if you don't feel like it does. These videos will make you think and maybe even direct you in the path of feeling better about your body.
I've been interested in this matter for a little while now throughout somewhat interesting situations I've witnessed. One of my roommates is approximately the same height as I am. She weighs 53kilos and I weigh 54. Just the other day she was celebrating in the kitchen, "Yay! I've gained more weight!" since she sees herself extremely thin. I, in the other hand, replied, "I think I've lost one kilo."
Due to the calculator you can easily find online, we both have a normal body mass index. It amazes me that we have only one kilo between us and yet we see ourselves so differently! I can't deny that I would've never looked in the mirror thinking that my thighs are too big, my stomach too, hips, everything, but I've never tried to lose weight on purpose. No diets, starvation, over-exercising. I've always thought adverts don't affect me, but that always proves wrong when I look in the mirror.
My roommate tries to gain weight, I don't intentionally try to lose it. I tend to think that I eat what I want, when I want, and yes, most of the time I very much do so. Yet I seem subconsciously obsessed with my weight. I've noticed that at school, I eat dinner 1/4 less than at home. Is it because no one sees me eating at home so I can eat more? I've also noticed that I ALWAYS tend to leave a bit food on my plate. Maybe because that gives me the feeling that I haven't actually eaten anything.
It's kind of weird to be thinking these kind of things, since well, I've never seen food as a problem. I LOVE food. So it's awful how I've begun to see signs how advertising has made me subconsciously avoid, dislike it. "I just walked like an hour, now it's justified that I eat a pizza. Can't eat at McDonalds today, I just did it two months ago."
After watching these videos, I feel more aware of myself. As a Photoshopaholic I should know that you can look absolutely perfect in a photo - still, skinny, silent - but in real life, not so often. You get what your genes (or every meal at McDonalds, or every meal you miss on purpose) gives you. You might send that guy a perfect photo of you, and then he falls for your looks, but what then? You develop your relationship via Facebook because you could never let him see you live, eating a pizza during movie night, cheese all over your chin. So you willingly let the guy date your Photoshopped photo, instead of you. Does that seem like a fulfilling, happy life to you?
I guess what I'm trying to say is that step by step, learn to respect your body. From now on, I will make an effort to eat everything from my plate. I will look at myself in the mirror and think, "I am beautiful!" What I'm also trying to say is you gotta watch these vidoes! I hope that at least they will make some sense to you, haha!
“The scene: dinner with #2, trying to cut him loose, no such luck. So get this: you know how people say beauty’s on the inside? Well, that’s total bullshit! Beauty is on the outside. And I love me some beauty! I mean, who doesn’t? But here’s the crazy thing, Sammy boy, I’m listening to Sam #2, and I mean…listening because he made me close my eyes…so hot. And he’s making a total case for us to be an item. And, as he’s talking, it’s like…the molecules on his face must have rearranged themselves because I opened my eyes and suddenly, I am in front of the most beautiful, gorgeous man. Like, a total hottie. And who knew?”