Diets are always a tricky subject in modern society. On the one hand, a shocking 26.9 per cent of Britons are obese, making us the most obese country in Europe. So, it’s not unreasonable to think that slimming down should be a priority. After all, obesity can lead to severe health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes.
At the same time, we’re caught in a ‘body-confidence’ conflict. Many now fight against the stereotypical thin models we see bandied around our media. Instead, plus size models are all the rage, and mention of losing weight is just about off the cards. After all, the problem is with our media making us feel bad about our bodies. Isn’t it?
Yes and no. There’s no denying that media representation has its flaws. A ‘normal’ body size for a model is well below the healthy BMI. As such, people who don’t actually need to lose weight feel under pressure to be thinner. That’s not good for anyone. But, when you look at those obesity figures, you can’t help but admit that something needs to change. While being too thin is equally bad for your health, being overweight shouldn’t be the norm. Doesn’t that attitude create as many problems as it attempts to solve? The primary focus, when it comes to body image, should be the health of…\