Are you tired of the weight loss commercials yet? Seems like they’ve been in heavier rotation (pun intended) on TV and radio than Adele or Beyonce. It almost feels like advertisers want us to go from looking like Adele to Beyonce! Want to know the truth? Both women are divine.
Here are some more truth bombs. Who do these advertisers represent? They work for financiers, banks, and investors in large corporations who sell products designed to brand us someone we are not meant to be. If you’re older, they have something to make you look younger. Feel tired? They got something for energy. Feel sad? Got your happy pill right here! Skin too dark? Use this cream! Skin too light? Go to that cream! Feel fat? Buy their machine, follow their diet, eat their food, and take their “medicine.”
And guys are not left out of the “you’re not good enough” ads. Testosterone boosters to your left, male enhancement products to the right! Go to the nearest supplement market and get your muscle enhancers and stop being such a weanie little man. The rest of you guys go on a diet and use this exercise machine and shed that keg around your mid-section.
And did you see the latest damned machine they made for kids? If this doesn’t make you crazy, I don’t know what will. Some asinine company made a plastic stationary bike for kids to pedal away on while watching their iPads and iPhones! Kids need to avoid being overweight after all! Teaching kiddos that exercise is for weight loss rather than a natural part of play makes me nuts.
My neck and shoulders hurt from all the tension I personally have from just writing this blog. I’m filled with disgust for our body-loathing commerce. It’s a sickness.
So if you’re tired of living this way, believing there is something innately wrong with you, your body, and your mind, please know you don’t have to keep going on this way.
Diets don’t work. Changing your body to please some insipid, media-driven perception of attractiveness and health only comes at great cost to your emotional, social and spiritual health. New Years resolutions only increase shame, reduce health, and end in self-destructive binge behaviors of some form or another.
Try this instead. Look up leaders in the body positive movement. Read their work. Find people who love you as you are and embrace them. Believe that you are worth caring for and focus on your real needs like physical health, emotional balance, and finding faith in your personal and unique gifts as a human.
If that’s not enough, give us a call for eating disorders treatment at The Body Image Therapy Center at 877-674-2843 or Embrace Counseling Services at 877-651-1841 for all other mental health concerns.