Lose Weight Guilt...

Guilt for Sales... - Guilt for Sales...
@twoey68 (13651)
United States
April 14, 2008 11:54am CST
Every time I go through a checkout aisle I see magazines that urge and push women to lose weight and get healthy…they are also (in smaller print) touting the lasted pie recipes. Every time I see one of these the urge hits me, thinking maybe this person has found the real “secret” to losing weight and keeping it off. I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no “secret” and we all just need to work on making better choices in what we eat. But still the magazines keep coming and millions get sold to women hoping that “this one will work”. We’ve become a society that measures a person’s worth not by their insides and the type of person they are but by the shape of their bodies. Young girls starve themselves to look like their favorite pop star and women are constantly aware of the flaws of their own bodies. Do these magazines push us to feel guilty about our size, weight and self image? Do you pick up these magazines in hopes of finding the "secret”? **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
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@mrsjbelle (1641)
• United States
15 Apr 08
What you right is true & yes I fall for it. And it is ironic they have the weight loss and then the pie recipes. It is an everyday struggle for me. It all comes down to eating right and excercising. That is the only "secret" to losing weight. Ive learned theres no magic pill. Short of liposuction which I cant afford. I still love magazines though because they have other great stories but they are expensive unless you buy a subscription so I try to resist the urge.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
15 Apr 08
I think these magazines definitely push us towards guilt about ourselves. The society is always making every one of us think we need or have to be thin to fit in. It is not right. alot of people that have a little bit of weight on them look very nice.
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@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
15 Apr 08
I admit I have looked at magazines looking for the newest diet myself. I have also learned that eating the right foods and cutting back on junk food and drinking a lot of water will help you to lose weight.
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@littleowl (7157)
15 Apr 08
hi twoey-good subject i see a lot of really thin teenagers nowadays who dont have a proper diet they are affected by the models singers etc in magazines and it really is bad--i know i should lose a few ponds but i feel all i really need to do is exercise which would do the trick as i don't eat the wrong foods-also it beauty comes from within not the outsidebut if you have both it is a bonus your blessings littleowl
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@ElicBxn (60894)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I was getting them in hopes to find a secret to getting organized - the fact is that the secret is a lot of hard work, just like losing weight - and I can't do the work on my sore feet.
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@irishmist (3820)
• United States
14 Apr 08
The society we live in today is so superficial, everything depends on how we look, not the person we are. There is just no way of keeping up, short of cosmetic surgery and such. But in the end for all our effort we all will age no matter what. let me tell you I work in a nursing home as a dietary aid, and there are a few ladies who wear wigs ( not grey or white hair) but brown , blonde etc., and they are like in their eighties and nineties. Even in old age these ladies are vein about their looks. As far as magizines go, well I will flip through them in the line at the store, but don't buy them, the only one I buy is Womans world, as it is a fun magizine to read. As far as flaws go we all have them, we just find cleaver ways to hide them, well at least I do. Today I had a nice comment at work about my hair, my god if those woman only knew what I went through to get it to look like that every day. But all that said vanity is a never ending cycle, and we all strive to be perfect.
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@luvstochat (6914)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I used to pick up the magazines when they had differen weight loss titles on the cover. Womans World which you have a pic of is one magazine that always has something about someone losing weight on the cover but they all come down to the same thing eating less and exercising more! I have stopped buying them.
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I use to do this but not anymore...About 3 years ago a friend of mine went on weight watchers,its not really a diet because you can eat whatever you want to but it is portion that really matters..I have learned all the ways of weight watchers and now i never have a problem..Once it gets into your mind what portion and what types of food you can have the most of it just sticks in your head...i have never had a weight problem since...it does not help though to always look at those books,and it tries to push women into bad health habits and some women will even be starving themselves to look like the stars....
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@carolscash (9500)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I believe that the television,print magazines, and the music industry has caused many young girls to have eating disorders as they are constantly pushing the supermodels and singers that are size 1 and they think that they have to look like that. I also have noticed that the magazines use the pictures on the front cover and share the new "diet" and then show a nice cake or dessert on the same cover with a recipe in it. How are they supposed to lose the weight if they are forced to see all this tempting food?
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@Fishmomma (11446)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I have tried so many diets, but that is the past, as 2008 has been different. I have been eating better; however, when I eat poorly have stopped punishing myself. This week has been a little harder, as my back hurts, but I didn't eat candy, cookies and chocolate while in pain. That is what I use to do when life wasn't going as planned. I don't grab those magazines, as they are meal plans that I would never eat. Many of them are to costly to eat them regularly and some of them have dairy in them. I'm lactose intolerant, so avoid dairy. Women need to realize we all shouldn't be the same size. We need to be happy no matter what size we are now or are going to be tomorrow. This was very hard for me in my 20's when I tried everything to be a smaller size, then in my 30's I started to accept myself and appreciate what I could achieve. In my 40's, I finally started losing weight, as I was doing it for the right reason myself. We shouldn't lose weight for our husband or boyfriend, as it just ended up being weight put back on when I was mad at him.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
14 Apr 08
I do look throught those magazines, not to find "the one" but just by curiosity. I know there is no miracle diet or miracle pill to lose weight, like you said, it's all about how you eat and how active you are, unless you have some sort of disease, then, it's another story.. But i find all magazines make us heavier women feel like we're being judged all the time...There are no plus size fashion magazines, or at least, none that im aware of, but a big part of today's society is bigger. Model agencies will not hire a woman/girl who is above a size 6!! In the fashion industry, a size 10 is considered plus size!! no wonder so many young girls and young women are anorexic or bulimic!
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I've never noticed those magazines in the check-out lanes. Prolly cause I have no desire to read junk like that. Too busy deciding which candy bar I wanna buy. lol
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I am a true sucker for a new diet article in a magazine. I especially like the ones that give a week's worth of menus. Nine times out of ten I won't go through with it, but I like to read it probably hoping there's an easy way to do it. Actually, those darn magazines pull me in with more than just the diet headlines. Why do I care who is doing what?
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@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
14 Apr 08
A few years ago they actually did a study to show how teenage girls get more depressed and think there is something wrong with their body after reading magazines. My thought was "No kidding". Someone actually spent money on this? I've gotten so fed up with the whole issue really. I know I'm overweight. I don't over eat although some times not as healthy as I should. I read an article recently about these people who lost basically half their body weight. I was looking at what they had considered a normal meal and for some it was "Two huge sandwiches, double order of fries plus a drink and desert" or a "Whole large pizza, plus cheesy bread and drink and desert" and so much more and I was thinking I couldn't eat that in a whole day let alone for one meal. It really made me wonder. Then of course in the magazine were all these recipes for deserts and other fattening foods. Talk about mixed messages. I stopped buying magazines or anything else to find the secret. For some of us no matter what we do we won't be like the models who are in my opinion underweight. I've gotten to the point where I just don't care anymore. I'd like to lose some weight so I look better but if I don't, I don't. I figure if people don't like me for my weight that is their loss. We should concentrate on the person not just how they appear.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I stopped trying to diet along time ago didnthelp me none. Its just what ya eat and how you burn the calories oof and no use to picking up the mags. they will just make it worse. and ya have to pay no attention to them
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@carmelanirel (20979)
• United States
14 Apr 08
No, if I want to improve myself, the last place I would look is at those mags.. I go searching either online or I ask some friends I know that has knowledge of healthy living..It is all about being healthy and a lifestyle, and the more natural it is, the more apt I am to try it..
@sunshine4 (8709)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I am guilty of buying these magazines to find the secret to the covergirls weight loss. I usually read the article and then think~ no way am I eating that stuff she has on the diet plan! I am always tring to drop those last 5 pounds~ so I really don't have a lot to loose, but yes, I would love that miracle diet to be real.
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@nova1945 (1614)
• United States
14 Apr 08
LOL..I buy them all the time. And every week there is another one because the subject sells magazines. I admit I am one of those suckers who has bought everything on the market (hope springs eternal) and guess what? They don't work. Big surprise there huh? Until my magic wand gets out of the repair shop the only thing that is going to work is the old fashioned diet & exercise routine. Healthy diet, that is, not those quick weight-loss fad diets.
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
14 Apr 08
I try to ignore them. There are two sides to this story. These articles push girls and young women into thinking that size 0 is the norm. Then they make the rest of us who have put on weight over the years feel guilty. Our society has gotten heavier in part because we dont have or take the time to eat right and the fact that the stuff we buy is loaded with stuff we dont need. We all need to move more and eat less. That is easier said that done.
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@Hatley (164471)
• Garden Grove, California
14 Apr 08
twoey I do not know how many times I have bought a magazine because my eye caught a headline about how to lose weight more quickly. then in that very same magazine are all these gorgeous looking pictures of fabulous foods that are gauranteed to make you fat or fatter.help what do they have against us poor overweight women anyway?they do push us to live up to those imnpossible to attain goals: to look like stick thin models.