I have to confess, even seeing the cover of this week’s issue of Ladies’ Home Journal stirs up some rotten feelings, because of two key things – the mention of Pat Boone, and just a little further down, “How to Lose 25 Pounds and Stay Thin.” Why the strange feelings about the two? Well, many years ago , during a time when I was quite ill and anorexic, a book I read over and over again was by Pat Boone’s daughter Cherry Boone-O’Neill, called Starving for Attention. I was obsessed with this book in a way that was extremely unhealthy and read it so often that even though I haven’t re-read it in well over a decade now, just seeing this cover made whole scenes from the book come flooding back into my brain, fully formed. Now at least I’m far enough away from that time to just feel sad – for the girl I was (and my family!) as well as for anyone else who suffers from an eating disorder – including Cherry, who is (thank goodness), still with us and has recovered.
I can’t wait until the day when we no longer have magazine cover after magazine cover promising to “help” us lose weight, when the torturous “diet” industry collapses in on itself under the weight of its own bullshit, when we aren’t constantly assaulted with photoshopped images of disturbingly thin women, when no one is made to feel shitty about their weight (no matter what their weight is) and the world realizes that what is really important is the person, not their appearance, not their weight. I don’t know if this day will come in my lifetime, but I really hope it does.*
Now this has turned into a little bit of a rant, so I’ll just end this post with a message to anyone and everyone who might be reading: you’re awesome as you are, no matter what you weigh, and you’re worth so, so much more than the number on a scale. Don’t let anyone or anything ever convince you otherwise! ♥
Oh, and before I forget the the whole point of this post – you can download a copy of this week’s issue of Ladies’ Home Journal here, or read it online right here. Just please ignore that article about losing 25 pounds – they have an absolutely ridiculous sounding article about whether or not movie stars should be parents you can check out instead!
I know, I know, in this week’s Ladies’ Home Journal post I got a way off topic and a bit personal – I wasn’t expecting that either! Somehow I just couldn’t help but comment on the way this week’s issue made me feel and why. I hope you all enjoy the magazine in spite of my ranting and rambling!
*I know that eating disorders are caused by many different things, but the way I see it, people sure as hell don’t need all of this societal pressure making things worse on top of it.