Heavy Material

86% of young women will have had, or will fall victim to, an eating disorder by the age of 20.

The mortality rate of girls with anorexia is 12 times higher than any other cause of death for girls 15-24 years of age.

We're killing ourselves to be thin, ladies. Because nothing tastes as good as being thin. 

If you believe this, I suggest you go to your nearest Sprinkles and try a cupcake. Because I've never met a cupcake that I didn't like.

I weigh 140 pounds. I run every other day for an average of 3-4 miles and I wear a size 6. And 95% of the time I look in the mirror...I love what I see.

We as women are living in a society where we are supposed to do it all. But may I remind you, my friends, that even Rome wasn't built in a day. Letting yourself go hungry, or "forgetting" to eat, is not normal and should not be the legacy our generation of women leaves behind. I want future generations to look upon us with awe at our accomplishments and ideas...not the size of our pants.

This post is not to point the finger at the media and play the card of victim. We choose to feed into these stereotypes and beliefs.  We choose to make an unreal image a fantastical reality. We choose to care more about being skinny than strong, being thin over toned, and being sick over self-satisfied.

I want there to be a movement where we strive for health and a create a new image that we can look upon and say, "We decided this is what beautiful is, and you won't tell us any different."  

It took me a long time to scale the mountain of self-acceptance, but the view from up here needs to be shared. After all, we are the emerging generation, the girls who are going to run the world. We can't do that if we're watching our scales instead of salaries.  Those of us climbing, know that it is okay to reach out for a lift, and those of us at the top, don't forget about your sisters still struggling. Love is the answer to so many of the world's issues, and it's the only response to this word problem.

Look in the mirror and say it. Tell yourself I love you.  Next step? 

Choose health. Choose a legacy that you're proud of, and give future generations something to read about...choose change.