I've come across two ideas/movements to which I would like to bring some attention. I would love to insert a snippet of Rita Moreno screaming her infamous, "HEY YOU GUYYSS!!" from the opening credits of the Electric Company, but I didn't want you to have to sit through the entire opening credits sequence, so those of you who remember that yell, insert it here.
A few weeks ago, I sat in a nail salon waiting as my eldest daughter had her nails done. I was flipping through trashy magazines when I became aware of my daughter's laser vision boring into me. I looked up and she tossed her head towards the flat screen TV above her head. "Are you watching this?"
"You should. It's a lot like what you're learning with Jenn and Ani." (My aforementioned-in-another- post-dynamic-duo-of-eating-disorder-recovery).
The Katie Couric show was on and she was promoting a film she has executive produced called, "Fed Up." I have not seen the film as it is in limited release and showing nowhere near where I live, but I did go on the film's web site and watch the trailer. I also listened to what Katie Couric and the other filmmakers had to say about the food and diet industry here in the United States. I agreed with most of what they said, which is that we should stop dieting, eat "real" food, get some regular exercise and educate ourselves about what we're putting into our bodies. The film seems to be blaming our weight problems on the sugar industry. Our government subsidizes this group and allows them to "hide" sugar in a myriad of places where the everyday, uninformed consumer doesn't know where to look in order to find it. We ingest more sugar than we should, we get fat and this all leads to diabetes. A vicious cycle, to be sure. The film's trailer says, "that by the year 2050, 1/3 Americans will have diabetes." At the end of Katie's show that day, she and her panel pledged to go "10 days without sugar" and encouraged the audience to do the same. They wanted to go sugar free in order to break the sugar addiction and prove that we can all live without added, refined sugar.
She almost had me there. I felt my heart rate increase with excitement as it has in the past whenever I've pledged to go on a new diet or try some new-fangled weight loss panacea. But something new stirred inside me as well. My newly acquired knowledge that says cutting any food out of our diet isn't right. Do we need to cut down on our sugar intake? Absolutely. Do we need to completely rid it from our diets? Not necessarily (unless ordered by a doctor, or unless you have diabetes or some other ailment that prevents you from eating sugar. I'm speaking to the regular, every day person here). My daughter, who also possesses this knowledge thanks to my recovery and the Dynamic Duo, looked at me and shook her head. "Ani wouldn't agree with this," she said. "They're saying some of what you're learning, but not all. They're still not getting it."
Music to my ears, from my 15-year-old's mouth.
Anyway...I encourage anyone who may be reading this to see the movie and judge for yourself. Here is a link to the web site followed by the movie's trailer:
The second thing I've come across recently is an Australian woman named Tamryn Brumfitt and the Body Image Movement. She's made a film through Kickstarter. Here's her trailer (and plea for supporting her efforts):
Just from the trailer this woman depicts how I, and I know many other women, feel about themselves and their bodies. Nice to know we're not alone, but sad to know so many of us think this way. I'm going to support this movement in a couple of different ways, but one way is how I see and feel about my own physical shape. Ugh, it's hard. But I would die if either one of my girls grew into womanhood with the same thoughts that accompanied me on my journey.
Please check these films out and decide for yourself.