Friday, September 19, 2008

The Skinny on TV

There's been a lot of internet discussions going on these days about the superskinniness of the girls of the new 90210, namely Jessica Stroup (who plays "Silver", pictured on right) and Shenae Grimes (who plays "Annie", pictured on left). Having very thin TV stars (not to mention movie stars, rock stars, models, etc.) is nothing new, but I think it's an issue that still deserves attention.

It makes me sad when a young lady compares herself to one of these celebrities and is depressed that she'll never look like that or, worse, dives into unhealthy habits in hopes to obtain that certain look. There are, as always, many factors to take into account, including: metabolism, bone size and structure, genetics, diseases, etc. On the other side of the coin, there are certainly health problems with people who are overweight.

I think the best thing is to find your own personal healthiest weight and through food, exercise, and other lifestyle choices, learn to love your body. I know it's easier said than done, but I get excited when I hear someone say she/he loves Beyonce's or Venus' or (fill in the blank with a celeb with a curvy, muscular, or otherwise healthy-looking body) or see a whole line of clothes or soaps and lotions that praises not only superskinny people, but people of heathy sizes.
Anyone want to weigh in?

P.S. As you can see, the main character of my upcoming (Feb. 2009) Simon Pulse Ro-Com isn't superskinny. Isn't she darling?!?


Anonymous said...

She is darling!!!

And it's all so true. I tell the girls I mentor bony is not sexy. One of them pointed out that she didn't think any guy would enjoy hugging a tree, so why would he hug a girl who felt like a tree lol

Good Luck with the release!

Anonymous said...

That was the first thing I thought when I saw your cover: that the girl looks happy and healthy! (She also has an "I know something you don't know!" expression on her face!)

I wish that the media at large projected not only images that were healthy, but also true facts about health and awareness.