So recently I discovered Pinterest(if you would like an invite just send me your e-mail and I will send one to you) .
It wonderful , full of inspiring pictures of all sorts of PRETTY THINGS, but I have noticed a very worrying stream.
THE "FITNESS INSPIRATION".
Now I am far from fit or skinny, and very much an advocate of healthy eating etc, but I find it so tragic that the pictures below, seem to be most popular forms of body wish list.
I am NOT HAVING A GO AT THESE WOMEN, JUST THE IDEA THAT SOOO MANY WOMEN FEEL THAT THIS IS THE ONLY BODY THEY WILL BE HAPPY IN.
For so many YOUNG woman to think that this is what a grown up woman looks like is scary.
These are women who spend a large amount of time working out, and it is so unobtainable by most women.
What worries me most is that we are constantly talking about how awful it is that our young girls , anything from 8-10year olds and sometimes younger, are so worried about diet and being thin, yet it is US, the supposed grown up women who are STILL beating ourselves up if our body doesn't look like that of a 10yr old girl!! no wonder they are so frightened to grow up and become women as they constantly hear /see grown women being so unhappy with there bodies.
Don't we all remember being girls at family gathering and the the cutting, but joking and well meaning comments made from aunties, mothers, grandmothers etc about , "being a little chubby "or "no boobs yet then".
If we remember , why do we think the young girls around us today do not hear us and our constant comparisons and comments about celebrity woman or just the woman getting on the bus.They hear and digest and then turn it on themselves whilst looking in the mirror. they learn what being a woman is by looking around them and seeing YOU! we expect children to ignore the influences of the media, whilst showing that we can't.
It's time we grew up , and stopped beating ourselves up for not looking like a :
a) Disney princess
b) celebrity /model who's job it is to look like that and has all day to work out and have diets delivered!
c) an adolescent hairless boy!!
muscle matters? so does eating!! is it just me that finds this before and after sooo wrong, and beautiful young girl ends up looking... well like that!!
the following images all had comments attached along the line of , "perfect body", "what to aim for", I'm sure they are lovely women, but look like they are missing something, the softness of body.
GREAT this one has found the way of dropping weight, LOSE HER HEAD!!! a headless body, say's it all really doesn't it!!!
Words fail me!!!
Please don't let this put you off Pinterest ,It is a wonderful resource!!