When I was still younger, most of my peers had body image issues. Our first priority was to stay thin no matter what. We succumbed to whatever fad diet the celebrities endorsed and some of us even resorted to daily weighing. Quite bordering on paranoia, if you ask me. Now a few years older and more mature, I feel sad to see my sisters falling into the same trap.
This leads me to asking: do we really have proper regard for health and fitness? Or do we just want to stay thin?
I think that a huge chunk of the youngsters nowadays are just concerned about being thin. And let me quote one of my friends here: “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”. It’s like we’re obsessed about being skinny!
Don’t get me wrong, I’m okay with thin. In fact, I want to be thin and stay thin. What I have a problem about are the methods that these kids do just to stay thin. My sister, for example, shuns exercise and proper diet and lives on bread, energy drink and one rice meal a day. When she feels hungry in the middle of the night, she drinks water to appease it and then goes back to sleep. When she feels that it’s a big day ahead, she downs a bottle of energy drink. And because she’s very busy with school, she claims not to have time for exercise anymore. Whenever my mom and I try to (softly) scold her, she says her peers are doing the same.
Whenever I have time, I take her to the mall to go window shopping. When I have some extra cash, I also buy her a little something. I do this so that I can trick her into exercising by walking for at least two hours. Whenever we go out, I also make sure that we go to reputable restaurants, restaurants that serve proper meals, so that she’d be overcome by the tastiness of the food and she’ll actually eat properly. Sad to say I am not always on her side; nor do I have enough money to do that almost everyday.
My wish for my sister and for everyone within our age bracket (15-25): please please have proper regard on health and fitness. Let’s remember what we usually hear during Nutrition month. Let’s recall how it is just PROPER and HEALTHY to drink eight glasses of water a day, to sleep for 7-8 hours and to have ample amount of exercise. Let’s fight off “umay” by eating leafy greens and meat, and have fruits for dessert instead of cake all the time. Let’s remember that softdrinks are glamorized sugar and how junk food got its name.
Can we do that?