Let me start off with a slightly rhetorical question... How in the HELL are women of any age, truly supposed to have a healthy body image when all the tabloids this week (including the 'legitmate' gossip magazines) are declaring Jessica Simpson "fat" when she weighs 135lbs? According to them she's 5'3".
We now interrupt this blog post for a Public Service Announcement. Jessica Simpson would then have a BMI of 23.9. Which is NORMAL. Granted it's the upper limits of normal, but it's NORMAL. Normal is GOOD! We now return you to your regularly scheduled blog post.
Seriously? I would love to call every one of the editors of those magazines and tell them to F off. But I know, it's Hollywood. And in Hollywood, the perception is if you're at a healthy weight, you're fat. If you're anorexic, you're normal. I don't know about you, but I do not want to look like an Olsen Twin. EVER. And I'm sick and tired of being told that's what is expected of women by suggesting that an entertainer is not appealing to the public if she is NORMAL. It's sickening. Just sickening.
And while we're on the subject of perception, let me share something that transpired yesterday. I had a little get together at my house. At one point, I was sitting down next to two friends, and a co-worker said, 'is this the friend you go to the gym with' motioning to the smaller of the two girls sitting there. WRONG!! But why did she assume that? Perception. She meant no offense, I'm sure of that. But it just speaks again to what we assume, even if its not consciously, about others based solely on appearance.
For the record, the bigger girl could post a workout schedule that would put MOST people, no matter their size, to shame.