When i was pondering on what to write for this show and tell as i didn't want to do a product and i was going through the worst diarrhea of my life so no mood for products and how tos. So here's my opinion on an issue that i think has been a problem for many. The line between being slim and thin.
This thought came to me after i saw this video on youtube that documents people's weird obsession over the things they eat, do and love. Anyway, in one of the episode, they featured Isabelle Caro.
If you are a fan of the fashion industry, you would have remembered her from the billboard in milan during fashion week 2007.
For those that don't know her, please do not mistaken that Isabelle Caro is a ordinary woman who suffered from anorexia due to high fashion influence. A little on Isabelle Caro, a french model & actress suffering from anorexia since the age of 13. According to the some online information, Isabelle was standing at 1.65m and weighing only 25kg at the worst of her eating disorder. Isabelle only realize her anorexia problem only after she slipped into a coma in 2006. However, Isabelle tried as much as she can to fight her disease and also told the world her story and that anorexia is a sickness NOT a trend.
However, Isabelle Caro lost her battle against anorexia and passed away in Nov 2010 at the age of only 28.
In the past, even in the western society, curvaceous woman was seen as beauty as a fuller body means healthy, desirable and at the same time, fuller woman are considered ideal mothers with the extra resource to nurture their babies. Being thin in the past is seen poverty. However, in today's world, easy access to food has changed the situation. Fatness has lost it's symbol of health and thinness no longer poverty but beauty and sometimes even status.
Thin people are beautiful, thats what the society was told when super skinny models walk the runways. But thats fashion. High fashion that alot of people can only see and read via the media and can nv be realistic to many. Plus, known only to a handful of people as compare to the thin image the fashion world projects, size zero model are ban from the high fashion runways.
See i believe it is in everyone that we humans like to be adored and looked upon as a pretty individual. And it all right in my opinion to be a little under the standard weight against your height. But if you are standing at a height of 170cm and weighing 40 odd kg and telling me you are on some kind of diet. seriously! go talk to someone.
It may sound really hypocrite of me to be saying that as i had my share of thinspiration obsession, irritating the fuck out of everyone that my thigh is fat, my waist is thick, i eat too much and etc. Well, even till today as i'm writing this post i keep thinking of how my stomach is going to handle the 4 piece fried chicken i had yesterday and today. But what's the right way of keeping my body in shape and not be obese?
The simple old theory of eat right and exercise!!!!
Here's my little journey from being 62kg in Jan 2009 to 52kg now.
Although i only loss 10kg, this amount is seriously enough to affect my life. I started my dieting as i was going through stress during my examination period and my eating spree was crazy. However, 2 weeks after my exams was my sister's wedding. So to look good i put myself on a low carbohydrate diet.
I stopped taking rice, bread and even noodles. All i had for a day was, a cup of coffee or milo for breakfast, A bowl of fish soup for lunch, alittle snack for tea and another bowl of soup for dinner (of course, i do have proper dinner if i'm out with my friends). This continued for 1 year and by the end of 1 year, i weighed 55kg.
The lost of 5 kg did not affect me much as i did not exercise and my job did not require for me to move alot. So i continued my diet for another 5 months without feeling wrong. By the end of 1.5 years, i was 52 kg and i could skip breakfast, have salad for lunch and nothing for dinner but still feel all right occasionally tired but i though it was due to work stress.
It was till i've decided that i wanted to start exercising that made me realize i need to eat. I started pole dancing about 4 to 5 months ago and the start of it was horrible. I kept feeling dizzy during and after classes for the 1st course as i didnt realize that till my classmates told me that it was coz i didnt have food before pole classes. So i started eating and realizing that i need food to burn out if i were to exercise and to make sure i maintain at a healthy weigh i must have a balance between my food intake and my exercise.
And even so, my body wasnt able to recuperate itself fast enough and my recent diarrhea episode sounded the alarm. I wasn't able to cope with the medicine prescribed by my doctor and even after the diarrhea stopped, i wasnt able to recover fully and 1 week after the diarrhea i fell ill again.
Not only that i've realized that it has seriously affected my physical conditions, my physical appearance changed so much that my friends was at one point asking if i had enough money to feed myself. My use to be full body had downsized from a 12-10 to a now size 8.
I'm not trying to courage anyone who has read this post to diet like i have. I know many may think that a tall and slim body is the most desirable body anyone could ask for. But the fact is we have pushed the slim image so much towards thin that many did not realize dangerous it can get.
And even more ridiculous are the articles on people being proud and preaching about thinspiration. Obviously, many did not know the amount of people that are dying due to malnutrition.
My point here is simple. Being Slim means eating, exercising and enjoy every bit of life to the fullest. Not need to be over obsessed with being too fat or too thin cause life is too short for us to be too worried about the amount of lumps we are showing.
So till the next show and tell! stay healthy!