Being Overweight or Underweight, Does it Really Matter?

There was a time in this country when being heavy was in, particularly as it regarded women. Women who possessed big thighs, large breast, curvy hips, and large butts where considered the ultimate of what a highly attractive and beautiful woman should look like. From the actresses Mae West and Marilyn Monroe to the ordinary house wife who possessed the same bodily proportions, curvy shaped large women were the rage. Directly contrary to the views today, women as well as men struggled to put on pounds to gain a look of being a healthy looking dream, worthy of admiration and praise.

As women in today's society struggle to be slim, women and men in the 50's worked feverishly to bulk up their bodies. The same way people in today's society use products to rid themselves of undesirable pounds, our predecessors made wide use of weight gain products like Weight On. Similarly, mass media and others put out commercials that pretty much ridiculed people for being thin. Analogies to them looking like sickly skeletons were widespread and constant. Walking around without any "meat on your behind" was a widely used criticism that somewhat cruelly called for people to increase their weight.

So who's right and who's wrong? Or does it really matter. Have we all simply been victims of clever sales men, trying to make a buck by appealing to our vanity? Or is the beauty of an individual truly determined by the proportions of their behinds?

Like it or not, the answer seems apparent: we've all been manipulated by our collective need to somehow be in fashion and out do the other guy. Social acceptance and praise is a most common factor that greatly influences our behavior in this country as well as is in others. Regrettably, young women are losing their lives as a result of diseases like anorexia and bolominia that are directly related to distorted body images. We as a nation have become ill as a result of our habit of following trend setters and mass media. This destructive obsessive like behavior played its destructive in the past, when the rage was that of being stocky and supposedly healthy looking. Many made themselves sick trying to put on extra pounds to try fit the standard for beauty of those days.

Therefore, does being overweight truly mean that you are somehow ugly and undesirable History alone, argues that it does not, unless - that is - we place the value of our human existences in the hands of trend setters who take it upon themselves to tell us what constitutes beauty from what does not. The experience of history and time has shown us that it's that which lives within that constitutes true beauty - the soul and spirit - not a mass of flesh and bones that withers and dies with the passage of time.


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