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Why do we collude in the obessison with body image?

It's been a bad couple of weeks when it comes to women obsessing about other women's bodies.

There's been way too much talk about a person's body, weight or image.

"She's too fat"; "she's too thin"; "she's had work done"; "that's photoshopped"; "she starved herself for that shoot".

Focusing on their image, and specifically size, simply reduces women to their waistlines.

And once again, it's women who are colluding in this body obsession.

It started with Sonya Lennon. She bared all for a photograph in an exhibition exploring women's relationship with their bodies.

"I'm 45, happy with my body, with all its imperfections and happy to show my confidence in who I am," Lennon said.

She also added "that there may have been a couple of days of eating light".

Why? If you're really happy and confident with your body why eat light? Why not be snapped as you really are and not with a flatter tummy than usual?

Elsewhere, Sinead O'Connor appears everywhere looking happy and healthy - and everyone asks her about her 'dramatic' weight loss.

The singer is, by the way, promoting a really great album. But you'd never know that from the weight-related headlines.

She says it's down to coming off medication. But is also quoted as saying: "I've been skinny for two years...my problem is that I never eat a thing. I know it's bad but I've never been much of a person with an appetite."

Now that may be true but I really wish she hadn't used the word skinny. And how about omitting the bit about "never eating a thing".?

Young girls mimic celebrities in a bid to look like them. Do we really want to send out the message: "To look like this, eat very little."? You need to eat properly to be healthy.

Then Amanda Byram appears naked in Women's Health magazine saying she was promoting the fact that being fit is better than being thin. I agree.

But the presenter also said she trained for two months for the shoot. Does that mean she only trains for a shoot?

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If she really believes that strong is better than skinny, shouldn't she always be fit?

In 2010 a model posed unairbrushed on the cover of Marie Claire. It was meant to be a real representation of what women are really like. But a model with teeny tummy was hardly a representation of real women.

The problem with all of these images is that they're either airbrushed or the people in them are beautiful to begin with or admit to eating or training specifically for the shot.

How real or healthy long term, is that?


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