Day three of this eating disorder awareness week confronts a dangerous and ugly reality. The central focus concerning much of our image coveting is the thin, sometimes even emaciated, body. But why is this so?
“For what I am doing, I do not understand...”
Bombardment of one image, to the exclusion of others, seems to be a cause. Without diversity, it is easier to believe only one narrow, rigid aesthetic is beautiful and acceptable. And this wrong assertion can compel some devastating and harmful behaviors...
“According to the Health and Social Care Information Centre...
... In the past year alone, 42 children under the age of 10 were taken to hospital and admitted...
... The hash tag “thinspo” is being searched more widely than ever, with impressionable youngsters drawing warped inspiration from anorexia victims...
So far this year, there have been 3,292 hospital admissions in the age groups 11-18 and over 18, compared to 2,142 in 2011 - a rise of 1,150 cases in both sexes overall...”
Again, we find destructive envy driving life-threatening choices. All because the message is absorbed: only thin is beautiful...
“For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.”
Yet, take a quick glance through time. Sir Peter Paul Reubens celebrated a voluptuous female figure, one which denoted prosperity.
Furthermore, Hollywood’s film sirens included the likes of Betty Grable, Rita Hayworth and, of course, Marilyn Monroe (whose curves represented a size 12 to 16).
And now we’re in the era of curvy celebrities such as Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce, none of whom are stick thin.
It is about diversity; it is about variety.
Think about the Most High’s Creation. How many different kinds of animals exist? How many kinds of flowers?
Would you do away with all daisies, simply because they are not roses? Of course you wouldn’t.
So why should we abolish or simply pretend other body types beyond a thin representation need to be eradicated?
It’s harmful and hurtful... not just to us, but to our Divine Creator, Who still insists...
“O my dove…let me see your form…for your form is lovely.”
Song of Solomon 2:14
For He has not regretted His thoughtful choices in making each of us...
“For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”
Therefore, we need to celebrate our unique differences, not bemoan them. And certainly not destroy them. For this is the antithesis of our Divine Creator’s desire:
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Coveting and manipulating one’s self into a narrow image is not peace, health, a future, a hope or a life of blessing.
And it is not who you are called to be. Challenge yourself to find out what that truly means! And, to do that, you need to disregard coveting and competition. You are the only you who exists.
Commit to discovering all you are. “Being thin” is selling that you short!
Copyright © 2017 by Sheryle Cruse