Fear and Loathing in America: How I Learned to Hate my Body and Worship Thin
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I, like many people in the United States, have almost always wanted to lose weight; I tryany thing to do it. I have tried 8 different diets over the span of 10 years and I am only 21 years old. I have tortured and abused my body. I stopped listening to anything my body had to say because my body was "fat" in a cruel world and I wanted the pain to be over. I wanted to be happy and I thought that being thin would bring me the happiness I so desperately needed. It was not until very recently that I realized that diets and culturally dictated thinness were not the way to happiness. In fact. diets have caused me more problems than they have given me solutions. Diets fail because they start from negativity and they preach deprivation. They equate thinness with beauty and health, when it is not necessarily either. They measure health and success by numbers; pounds, body fat percentage or number of calories consumed. The true path to a healthy mind/body relationship, which the diet industry ignores, involves reconnecting the mind and the body by starting with love, adding healthy and body-aware foods to one's diet and by adding exercise slowly and in a manner that promotes a fun exercise habit.