|Stop dieting, be healthy|
|Written by The Vidette Editorial Board|
|Monday, 14 January 2013 17:30|
Even though winter break has just drawn to a close, it’s no secret that many people — students and adults alike — are already planning their spring break trips.
Beaches are often a hotspot at this time of year, and as a result, a lot of women aim for that ideal bikini body.
But is this the case anymore? According to a survey by The NPD Group, only 23 percent of women said they were on a diet in 2012, as opposed to the 34 percent in 1992.
Coupled with this, in 2004, only 22 percent of dieters maintained their diets for more than a year, with the percentage rising to 27 percent in 2012.
This survey, found in an article in the Huffington Post, also found that in 2012, less than 25 percent of people found being thin more attractive.
What is the cause for this change of ideals? Are people in today’s society learning the dangers of being too thin? Or have people just become accustomed to seeing obesity on a regular basis?
And more importantly, are people learning to love their bodies? Or are they just becoming lazy?
With stars like Jennifer Hudson promoting Weight Watchers and healthy eating, Kim Kardashian accepting and accentuating her curves and Demi Lovato speaking out against eating disorders by talking about her own struggle, one might be inclined to think that the media is finally doing some good in society instead of pressuring everyday people to look Red Carpet ready.
However, according to an article on TODAY Health’s website, Shela Marie Layden, a nurse from Salem, Ore., thinks the trend may be due to “a loss of will power and feelings of hopelessness when roller coaster dieting proves unsuccessful.”
That being said, it seems the decline of dieting isn’t due to totally innocent reasons.
The Vidette Editorial Board believes that while the mindset of skinny not always meaning healthy is a step in the right direction, motivation is an important factor to always consider.
Going from crash dieting to simply doing nothing at all is not the way to be healthy, either.
Obesity is becoming more acceptable in today’s society, but that should not become the norm.
Laziness is something to always avoid.
It’s not acceptable in a school or work environment, so why be lazy about your health?
Going to the Rec Center a few times a week might be the last thing you want to do in your spare time, but combining that with fruit smoothies and lean meats instead of fatty ones will give you more results and leave you feeling better.
Being healthy will help you in all aspects of your life — school, work and socially — simply because of your focus and your acceptance of yourself.
Embracing who you are as a person is the ultimate goal, and it’s easier to do so if you work out and eat right. Being healthy is important, but so is loving yourself for being you.