I think I have told you I don’t usually watch TV, but last night I caught the finale of Biggest Loser on NBC. Was it just me or did two of the contestants look anorexic? I was worried about Ali, who took home the prize ($250,000) for apparently starving herself and Mark, the comeback kid. Ali worked incredibly hard, and was self described as obsessed with winning. She won but at what expense?
Don’t get me wrong. Being healthy and losing weight the right way with exercise and appropriate diet is the best gift you can give yourself. I’ve been up and down with my own weight and know the struggle too well. What I am talking about here is the growing trend for young girls and guys to take it too far, find the one thing in their life they can control when the rest of their world is spinning out of control, and start starving themselves for attention and praise. “Oh you look great” becomes “Whoa. Wait a minute. Your eyes are sunken with dark circles, and you’re bones protrude.” But the girl still sees herself as fat and continues on a downward spiral.
I see so many of my daughters’ friends with real problems of eating disorders, even life-threatening for one of them. Shows like this worry me tremendously for the accolades they see the contestants get for simply being thin. See another post on this topic here. I will continue lobbying for a Barbie-free society. What do you think? Society keeps saying “You can never be too thin or too rich.” Is this what we want our kids to believe? Lord, we are not meant to be obsessed with our packaging. Help us to be beautiful inside as women, and to see ourselves as You do. Most especially, help our children not buy in to this media and society-driven pressure. Give us all a healthier perspective, Lord. Amen.