Chikki's post on a woman's concern over an advertisement for a low calories cereal made me wonder how much are we affected by the way our advertisers want us to look.
The pressure is not to look good, but to look a certain way. Fair and Thin. Perfect teeth. All fine except that there are a lot of good looking people who do not fall into this set mold.
Some of these advertisements can make our lives revolve around our weight loss. And our children will grow up believing thin(not healthy) is beautiful. A perfectly healthy woman can be made to feel too fat if she does not fit a certain size. It starts with 'thin is healthy', although being too thin or even undernourished, is not any healthier than being too fat.
It isn't really about being beautiful either, because many women are not skinny and they look great. (Including Jenifer Lopez, Lindsay Lohan, Mumtaz, many of our older film stars.)
Why then are we so obsessed with being thin?
I think it is just a trend. Today we wonder at the Chinese binding their little girls feet, or at corsets that made Victorian women forever breathless (And gave Scarlett O'Hara her famous 17" waist).
Nature couldn't possibly have meant all women (men too) to be the same size?!
Years from today our future generations will talk abut how women were coerced to starve and look anorexic (or be anorexic) and fit into standard sized clothes.
What can be more beautiful than good health?
Good health would mean you can run up a flight of stairs without feeling out of breath. Good health does not mean being size zero.
And good health with good grooming can make anybody look their best. Without having to starve for it.