in her new book MIGHT AS WELL LAUGH ABOUT IT NOW, Marie Osmond gives me a mixed message about weight. it reminds me of my own confusion.
on the one hand, Marie (hopes it's okay if i call her that) discusses being forced to diet while a teen on her variety show. she was 5'5 and 110 and told she must lose 10 pounds. Marie starved and was briefly bulimic, getting down to 93 pounds. after the show ended, marie gained some weight and spent years criticizing herself for no longer having that skinny body
She say'she's changed her beliefs and would "like to believe that we could shake the earth with thinking differently about our weight and focusing more on how true beauty comes from being healthy, both physically and emotionally."
she adds that she's decided she'll "no longer flee the thought of having a true female body" and she's going to "stand and fight for my own daughters to be healthy, no matter what their natural body size."
And then she writes about her current diet, Nutrasystem. she makes fun of her butt and herself for pretending she'd just had a little "water retention", when she started gaining weight. she got up to a whopping size 12, which isn't THAT crazy on someone 5'5 is it? i wear a size 10, and i don't think i'm huge. (well, a part of me thinks i'm huge.)
for all i'm critical of Marie, i understand. i wish i could throw my (size 10) body over young girls to protect them from the onslaught of advertising and peers. "you're fine the way you are - however you are", i'd profess loudly and proudly to anyone who'd listen.
then i'd go home and criticize my stomach.
this is a simplified summation