Food for thought

If you feel you are overly concerned about eating or weight, it’s time to shift focus. Here are some thoughts for the day:

  1. While many on the planet are starving due to lack of access to food, this isn’t because of a planetary food shortage. On this planet we are blessed with abundance. We are cursed with uneven distribution of goods.
  2. Humans, on a whole, aren’t less healthy. We have shifted our ideals and norms for what healthy is. In some Western countries, what is considered “normal” is becoming narrower in range.
  3. Is “healthy” the same as “normal”? Can we accept that we are imperfect and always changing and growing?
  4. Our shift to narrower ideals is a result of the unequal distribution of wealth, power, and knowledge.
  5. We live in a world where those in power are gaining increasing control over our ideals, our goals, our beliefs, our faith, and our thoughts.
  6. It doesn’t have to be this way.
  7. Personal is political. We all have within us the power to fight back.

 

5 thoughts on “Food for thought”

    1. I believe anthropological studies have been done on this. I would assume your observation rings true on the whole. I hear they did a study on how over time, the popularity of beards and beard length is also reflective of changing values. I can’t say any cultural ideal will influence how long or short I keep Puzzle’s hair, though.

  1. If you aren’t young, thin, and also very fit and muscular around here, you are trash. The yuppies moving in almost all look the same. I live with anorexic 20 somethings that do Yoga all day, homeless, and the few leftover neighbors that still live here. There is scarcely a young woman with an ounce of fat on her. They all work out and lead “active” lifestyles. I can’t even go on a walk since I’m afraid I’ll be jumped due to a hate campaign set against me in recent years. The rich think they will all live to be 100. No one ages. People of 50 and 60 dress like they are 18. I don’t follow Hollywood, but I hear the “standard” is the “size zero” which is about the size I was in 6th grade???? 5th???? My mother tried to pressure me to weigh 110 and I could not get there. She thought it was possible since she was that size when she got married and had a 22″ waist. Thin people were around in the 1970s/1980s when I grew up. The stars were tiny. Look at Farrah Fawcett during that time.

      1. Oh yes, I wanted that hair but mine was fine and limp and would not curl like that. I used to spend a long time with a curling iron to get big hair.

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