Thursday, August 5, 2010


An issue has been on my mind for a few days now.
After reading this excellent post from Megan at Writing Out Loud yesterday,
and watching Oprah talk about a book she has read that is changing her life called 'Women Food God',
I feel the universe is trying to tell me something.

The issue is...

Why do we I place so much importance on body shape?

I have done for as long as I can remember, but why?
It's no more important than the shape of the trees in my garden
or the shape of the clouds in the sky.
They are all different, but none is better or more beautiful than any other.
Why can't I see body shapes the same way?
Why can't I just see something as big or small or long or short or wide or flat
without feeling compelled to place a judgement of ugly or beautiful upon it?

I wish shape was a non-issue.
I wish size was a non-issue.
I wish these things so I could be kinder to myself and my shape and size
which I have always wanted to see as beautiful but more often than not see as ugly.

It's not right.
It's not fair
to me or anyone else.

I am endeavouring to change this thought pattern.
I'm going to start by getting my hands on that book.
I'll let you know how I go.


  1. Oh Thea. I have just made an appointment to confront my weight demons. I am mentally counting down to it. I am terrified but excited at the same time. Because I don't want my weight to define me. But right now, it does.

  2. Spooky. I was just chatting with someone else about the Oprah segment and that book.

    I have heard so many good things about book. The God bit puts me off a tad. (I do believe in God, but I hate the way some Americans go a lot OTT re their making their beliefs so public and intense). Hence I have been put off reading this book.

    BUT, it is very interesting, as the theories are exactly the same as I am currently following (via Dr Amanda Sainsbury-Salis's book - “The Don't Go Hungry Diet”)

    Thea and Sarah, you both know how I have recently chucked out the scales. I have not weighed myself. But I feel so much better emotionally. AND I supect I have lost weight as everyone has commented and my clothes feel loser....)

    So I will be fascinated to see what you think of the book......

  3. It's such a crazy, frustrating part of being a woman, isn't it. Sigh.

    Hope the book's good.

  4. I saw a bit of that segment with Oprah - the book looked really interesting and even as an agnostic I didn't find the God bit off-putting because it didn't seem to be presented in a fundamentalist sort of way. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it and get something out of it.

    For myself (and myself alone) I'm of the school of thought that if I'm overweight it's because I want to be because I don't have any barriers (genetic or otherwise) standing in my way except myself.


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