Monday, August 31, 2009

Cosmetic surgery to 'move on'

A friend who was contemplating starting a new relationship recently stated that she was thinking of having breast augmentation surgery. When questioned further she said that she was older (mid forties), a mother of two and that her breasts were not as firm as they use to be.What surprised me was the matter of fact way that she viewed cosmetic surgery. It was simply a means to help her build self esteem and ‘move on’.There as a time (not so long ago) when buying a new wardrobe, having...

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Friday, August 28, 2009

She who wins

I am currently re-reading  ‘The Beauty Myth’ by Naomi Wolf .    From his sites prospective, quotes don’t come much better than this……..

"She wins who calls herself beautiful and challenges the world to change to truly see her."

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Media females and ageing

With the recent negative press regarding alleged ageism in the media; a few notable examples being, the BBC’s sacking of Arlene Phillips from Strictly Come Dancing, Fiona Phillips admitting to finding it tough getting a new TV role, largely due to the media’s obsession with youth and Carol Vorderman hitting out at television commissioners for being “obsessed with appearance.”
Against this depressing background, I was pleased to read (Sunday Telegraph) that French and Saunders are not afraid of aging, but are bracing it.
"Life just gets better as you get older", says French. "We've both hit 50 and we celebrate it. There is not doomy side to it - we are both very up about it.  We're nearly grown-up now, but not quite".

Monday, August 10, 2009

UK - Lazy and unfit

A survey of 2,000 adults has recently been carried out on behalf of private healthcare chain Nuffield Health. The study found : 1/3 of Britons are so lazy that they wouldn't run to catch a bus.2/3 (almost) would take the lift rather than walk up two flights of stairs.1/6 would prefer to watch a TV programme they didn't like rather than get up to change the channel.3/4 admitted to having too little energy for sex.3/5 blamed a limited sex life to poor fitness.2/3 of parents admitted to regularly...

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Airbrushing and teens

I do not normally post anything about the views of a political party, but in this instance I will make an exception.

This  week the Lib Dems front-bencher Jo Swinson stated that they were against certain type of airbrushing in the media.
More specifically, the Lib Dems want to ensure  that people who appear in advertisements aimed at under-16s are neither airbrushed or enhanced to make them look more attractive.
Jo continued 'For adults, while banning is less appropriate because they obviously donít need the same level of protection, advertisers should be honest and upfront about it. They should say on the advert ĎWe have retouched this. We have done X, Y and Z.í'
Adverts featuring the model Twiggy for Olay face cream (heavily airbrushed before publication), was singled out for criticism.
Twiggy photos (Olay Ad vs natural): Ban airbrushing.

They have my vote on this issues.


Monday, August 03, 2009

Bratz dolls head size

Many of us have heard about the controversy surrounding the negative impact of Barbie and Bratz dolls on the self esteem and early sexualisation of girls.

This is a humorous satirical  video, focusing on the head size of Bratz dolls.



Sunday, August 02, 2009

Chocoholics be warned!

The Food Standards Agency is calling for manufacturers to reduce the size of chocolate bars by 20% , thereby reducing the calorific content of chocolate snacks.  By 2012, the agency is proposing that the standard-sized bars should be no more than 50g. Currently, Mars bars are 58g and twin Bounty bars are 57g. In addition manufacturers are being asked to sell bite-size bars as single items, of 40g or under, instead of in multi-bar bags.
At the same time companies are being discouraged  from advertising giant-sized bars, while being encouraged to promote lower-calorie treats. Restrictions on the size of carbonated drinks were also put forward recently as part of the consultation with the food industry.
The purpose of the initiative is to reduce the growing levels of obesity by limiting processed sugar and saturated fat intake.

Picture © Phillie Casablanca

Speaking personally, I think the focus should be on education across all age groups. Reducing the size of bars etc reeks of the government saying that they canít trust the general public to make the right choices, so they will force change on us.

Itís similar to current discussion to significantly increase the cost of alcohol, thus forcing a reduction in intake for all except those who can and are willing to purchase it, whatever the price.