Skinny Love…

Ugh. Being January, New Year’s resolutions are flying around. The tradition of the New Year’s Resolutions goes back to 153 B.C. Janus, a mythical king of early Rome was placed at the head of the calendar (get it JANUary). Janus had two faces, which allowed him to look back on the past and forward to the future. Janus became the ancient symbol for resolutions and many Romans looked for forgiveness from their enemies and also exchanged gifts before the beginning of each year. These days, people are resolving to do things like run a marathon or quit smoking. I’d hazard the guess that the most popular resolution is weight loss.

Yesterday, someone’s tweet caught my eye and after a small Twitter investigation followed by a quick Google search, I learned about Kenneth Tong. His twitter feed is so ridiculous and over-the-top, I knew there was no way someone could be that ignorant. (Though it turns out he really might be – read Johann Hari‘s interview with Kenneth) People are definitely capable of inserting a foot (or two) into their own mouths, but this was just trying too hard. His feed is filled with tweets about how anything larger than a size zero is too fat, and about using “managed anorexia” (there’s no way that’s actually a real thing) to keep weight off. After spending a few minutes reading his Twitter page, “Size Zero Pills” kept popping up. And sure enough, Mr. Tong – who gained a modicum of fame after a very brief appearance on Big Brother – appears to be trying to sell his new product: weight loss pills. And what better time of the year to be outrageously cruel and inflammatory regarding weight?

Body issues affect all women (and men too, but my focus here is more on women). Where any heavier woman can call herself “curvy” or a “real woman” and people are quick to rally behind her, naturally skinny woman – aka “skinny b!tches” – get dumped on like the only reason they are thin is because they’re not eating. If you want to see what a women who doesn’t eat looks like, meet French model Isabelle Caro. She was short for a model, only 5 foot 5 inches tall. She was hospitalized many times, even slipped into a coma doctors didn’t expect her to survive. At her lowest weight, she was only 55 lbs. In 2007, she posed nude for a Nolita campaign, to bring awareness to anorexia. It was quite controversial and was even banned in some countries. Her condition is shocking. She died November 17, 2010 at the age of 28, and at the weight of 75 lbs. This entire post was inspired from something I stumbled on. I’ve always been a fan of Jacob clothing, especially as more and more of their products have “Made in Canada” labels. And while perusing their site, I discovered something. As designers ban models with low BMIs and magazines are busted on overzealous retouching, it appears Jacob has embraced the trend of  completely outlawed retouching for their campaigns. From their website:

There is a black and white answer to this. There is one perfect size. For EACH person. One woman’s might be a size 14 and one woman’s might be a 4. We waste so much time comparing ourselves to others (I’m definitely guilty of this), when I think we should be focusing on our own selves. If you are healthy and happy, why should anything (or anyone) else matter?

(My blog titles are song titles. This one is “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver.)

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