THERE are many young girls trying to be a size zero -- which is an Irish size 4 -- and their supposed role models in the fashion industry have apparently made this awful look acceptable.
Why do we need these people to dictate what looks good and how we should look? You have to learn to like yourself and feel good with the way you look in your own mind. Many of the magazines show these waif-like models looking gaunt and weak. To me, this is not attractive, but what is more disturbing is they are encouraging girls to aim for the extremely thin, size-zero figure and with our Irish genetic make-up this just does not suit most of our frames.
Extreme dieting has many side effects, including depression; slower metabolism; mood swings; low blood-cell count; headaches; insomnia; infertility; low libido and even death for those who go too far. There are many slim women who are very attractive but there is a big difference between slim and this zero culture. Yes, Audrey Hepburn was a size zero and Victoria Beckham is, too -- but look at their frames, they are tiny.
One interesting fact is that as girls drop body fat to try to achieve a quick weight-loss, the body starts to fight and resist the weight-loss by slowing down the metabolism -- and one outward sign is that the body can start to produce more hair on the arms and legs. This is the body's way of protecting you from the cold as your body fat decreases.
If that is not enough incentive to remain a healthy weight for girls, I don't know what is. Another disadvantage of losing too much body fat is that the skin tone becomes less soft and increasingly coarse, again to protect the skin. Lowering body fat for women is not always good and is not as nature had intended.
I am not talking about those people who are very overweight or obese, because they need to lose weight and body fat as they have an excessive amount of it.
In assessing your weight, you should not be guided solely by the BMI index as, according to Scientific America, the BMI index is not correct as it doesn't take into consideration the overall body shape -- it would put even some top players in the Irish rugby team in the obese category.
You need to look at the overall body type and structure of the person, not just the BMI.
Original source Evening Herald