Body image. It’s a bitch.
Most of my life I’ve been pretty concerned with how I measure up to society’s expectations: being good enough, pretty enough, thin enough, cool enough—who are we kidding—I’ve always had the cool part under control. But everything else has, historically, been a struggle. Dieting at the age of twelve followed by years of excessive exercising and eating disorders; poisoning my body with metabolic enhancers; plastic surgery—you name it, I've done it. And I’m not the only one, am I? The “thinness syndrome” is plaguing millions of women (and men) and is now poisoning our youth.
It’s no secret that looks are important, folks—it’s a brutal truth, but a truth nonetheless. In this world you need good looks to get somewhere, and if you don’t have the looks…well, you better be smart. Welcome to western civilization. In our society we’re spoon-fed images and ideas that happiness and success have a certain look…a certain size.
The bad news is, the ridiculous standards aren’t changing anytime soon. The good news? One by one, we’re waking up and this episode of Confabulous! is proof of that.
To kick off the show, I’m interviewing writer and producer, Monica Parker, author of the award winning anti-diet book, “Getting Waisted: A Survival Guide to BEING FAT in a Society That Loves Skinny.” After that, my co-host Pati Root and I are taking on a panel of women who struggle with body image issues—what they see in the mirror, how they feel about it, and how they can make peace with it.
Sit back and prepare to laugh, agree, and relate.