“Our concern with people’s weight needs to be thought about and spoken about by elders, not critics. We need the whole truth—that many women and girls suffer from this message (lose weight), many people don’t need to lose weight, and that this message, simply put, does not help.” David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW. While I believe that overweight and obese people need to lose weight and being overweight is unhealthy, there are some who want to minimize the call to diet. With them I disagree. But with them I agree that there are those who don’t need to diet but who think they should. Consider the following facts: 50-70% of normal-weight girls think they are overweight and 81% of 10 year-olds are afraid of being fat. The pressure for thinness is particularly acute in teenage girls. Going on diets to lose a little more weight, hating their looks, and wishing they looked better are symptoms of a society making looks relational to size. The message that the country is growing more obese is true but the message that everyone should be on a weight loss diet is not true. Since we should not listen to critics but us elders, diet only if you really need to. Get your identity not from the media but from Christ. Live it out in Christ.
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