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Today I am mostly saving the world

March 15, 2010

Great article in today’s Daily Mail by Liz Jones about how stick-thin Girls Aloud make her so angry. They’re giving the wrong message to our youngsters. Be thin, be successful. You can’t have one without the other.

Here we are again, on my favorite subject: we’re too thin or we’re too fat. We’re all victims of the cult of the body-image on the one hand and the addiction promoting food industry on the other. Result. Misery. We don’t stand a chance.


But saving the world is going to be easy. All we have to do is completely change social attitudes towards weight by promoting real bodies and then bring down the food industry.

Ok, where to begin….

The super-skinny problem. Let’s knock that on the head. Some women are just not meant to be thin. Slender girls like Kate Moss look good like that. But rounded women who starve themselves to get rid of their rounded bits are not being clever.

I know because I’ve done it to myself. And it’s worse when you’re a woman of a certain age. You know what they say… When you’re old, you look thin or you look good.

So, it’s agreed then. We will stop striving for the skinny and settle for a reasonable amount of yummy podginess. Or at least a curve or two. And some flesh on our thighs.

There, ‘t’is done! World saved in 60 seconds.

Except for….the evils of sugar, fat and salt.

You see, starving oneself is probably easier than trying to cope with maintaining a reasonable body weight. Why?

A friend told me about David Kessler‘s article in the Guardian this Saturday (13th March 2010) called ‘Do you want lard with that’. Alas I missed it. But googling him reveals that he’s an authority on the subject. There’s his book: The End of Overeating and this article in the Washington Post, called Crave Man which identifies that sugar, fat and salt

“….stimulate the brain to release dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with the pleasure center….. Once the food is eaten, the brain releases opioids, which bring emotional relief.”

Typical scientist. Pointing out what the mystics, not to mention the man in the street, knew all along. Sugar, fat and salt make us feel good. Well I never.

So he thinks that if we cut them out or the government cuts them out on our behalf, we will never have to over-eat again.

I say that’s good. It’s great! But it will only take us so far.

It’s like this: whether we are skinny and successful, or fat and addicted to donuts, everyone on the planet is just trying to feel good.

So if we openly set our compass towards that; if we embrace personal development, follow Louise Hay, meditate, walk in the fresh air, have warm baths, watch good films, take up a hobby or get religion; we won’t need to overeat, undereat, overwork, shop, gamble, thrill-seek, use drugs, booze, or any of the things we are currently doing to kill ourselves.

Phew. Glad we sorted that out.

But wait… Having saved the world, what the buggery bollocks am I going to blog about tomorrow?

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