A Special Guest Blog By: Courtney Mueller, Co-Producer of “Finding Thin”
I love shopping. Shopping can is sometimes little addiction for me in fact.
Heading over to the department stores to check out the latest fashions and perhaps treat myself to a new shirt or pair of pants is both an adrenaline rush and a release for me. It truly is retail therapy.
But lately my therapy sessions are ending poorly.
It feels as if clothing designers are unaware or uninspired by the realistic size of the average American woman.
I’m a real woman with curves. I’m not a twig, not obese- just
regular when it comes to size. But when I’m trying clothes on, I
feel as if I’m squeezing into what my normal size should be. I’m not trying to fit into a smaller size for the vanity of a tag with a smaller number; I’m just constantly battling my standard sizes thinning down.
I wonder what Michael Kors or Diane von Furstenberg would do if they traveled the same locations as “Finding Thin” and really took note at what Americans really look like. Not everyone is a size two… let alone a size zero (what I refer to as “size non-existent”). The average American woman can’t squeeze into the unrealistic expectations that clothing designers create…
and I can assure you that she doesn’t feel beautiful when she tries.
Of course designers design for all sizes, but as soon as we reach a
select size we go from model material to plus-size clothing. There’s a reason why the racks are always full of smalls and extra smalls; the larger sizes are selling out.
Dear Designers-If all the larger sizes sell out first, doesn’t that give you an indication of what the public wants?
As for me, where is the regular? Why is there no in between?
I think everyone should occasionally indulge a little retail therapy.
Go ahead and buy that new shirt or skirt to show off whatever you are
proud of, even at that “regularly plus size”.
Maybe I need a new form of therapy.
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Heaven forbid this is not the case as I personally am a fan of Mike regardless of his political views. Former Governor Huckabee and I met last year for our film when his weight was significantly lower.
He and I met in regards to his book about his journey through weight loss and his success with implementing great new health initiatives in his home state as governor.
What an inspiration this man was.
Last night, the dreaded obesity curse reared it’s head as I watched Mike Huckabee on “The Jay Leno Show”. It looked as though the dream was over for Mike. His weight was significantly returning. I asked myself… had he failed? Did he disappoint all of his fans, let alone himself?
The answer is a resounding NO.
Mike and I suffer from many of the same problems with emotional eating and stress. We both at times felt that we had found the greatest success at dieting and weight loss, but ending up gaining a good portion back as more then 98% of Americans do when dieting.
I wonder how devastating and embarrassing this is for a public figure of his stature. For a while, when I was gaining my weight back, I refused to return to any restaurants or places where people knew me.
On the other hand, Governor Huckabee has not gone into hiding with his head down. He is out there on his show on Fox News every week and I respect him so much for doing so.
I truly believe that Mike and I will both find a way to rid our weight in a positive approach. The hard work surely will not have an immediate result, but it will be for our long term well being and happiness that goes along with it.
So Mike, if you are reading this… please know you are not alone and that I respect you more now than I ever have.
You will find your way in this battle of obesity, along with most Americans one day.
You have found thin once and you will again.
Best of luck to Mike and everyone out there who is in this battle as well.
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Obesity now a greater threat to US Troops then homosexuality!
We all thought ‘Don’t ask, Don’t’ tell would protect us from getting infected with a dose of humanity by prohibiting gays in the military. How stupid and ignorant that was. Though watch out, there is now an even bigger threat and it is called obesity.
In 2008 the military wrongly discharged 634 individuals under the ‘Don’t ask, Don’t tell’ rule.
Recently though, over 5,000 military personal were discharged for failing to meet military weight standards.
It looks like they got it wrong all this time. It wasn’t the gays that were the perceived threat to the military’s morale and readiness. Rather the fact that some soldiers might have been spending to much time in the Mess Hall.
Perhaps now we can take the time to not only teach acceptance of others but also learn how to cook and eat healthy.
Just think, a new venue for Weight Watchers to hold meetings at.
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