Last week Jenna and I went to see this amazing documentary about how women see their bodies. Every women and daughter should see this. I actually believe that all teenage boys should see it too.
This movie is about Taryn Brumfitt's 9 week journey around the World to talk with women about their body image. I'm not going to say too much about it except to tell you the things that stuck out for me.
Firstly, supermodels hate their bodies too.
Who knew. When I was young I always thought that if I was skinnier I'd be happier - I now know that's not true. What struck me was that these girls who are gorgeous (although some looked like walking skeletons) are not happy with their bodies. What shocked me was when one model was talking about soaking cotton balls in gatorade and eat them to fill up their stomachs. Wow!
Secondly, what they can do with Photoshop.
I am not naive and I know that they doctor images in magazines but who would have thought that they could do this!
So how did this movie make me feel? I thought long and hard about this one. I don't feel that bad about my body - it's not how I'd like it but that's OK. I feel that I look pretty good for a woman of my age.
Since my diagnosis I have been on a really strict diet (will talk more about that in another post) and this movie made me think about that, what's my motivation. It's not about the way I look. Yes, I've been losing weight over the last few months and I'm happy about that, but that's not why I'm doing it. I'm doing to because it makes me feel better and I'm happy I'm losing weight because it makes me healthy.
I thought that this movie would be really sad but it was actually funny and informative and yes, really moving in some parts. Go see it and, once you have, I'd love to read your comments.