On Mental Floss one of the writers asks what's the big deal about turning 30. Well, duh! Where have you been? (PS - If you're tuning in late, and you don't know what I'm talking about, read this.)
I have stalled on reading Facing 30. Basically, it's too depressing and emotional. But I'll go back to it when I'm ready. I'm glad I found it though. It helped me understand a lot of my feelings.
I came across the Obesity=Suicide campaign recently, and it's one of the most troubling things I've seen in a long time. It's actually a fake ad. But it's still troublesome. Here is why:
It trivializes the real issue of suicide. It's been said many times to many people in trouble: Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. The extreme feelings and situations that drive someone to "end it all" need to be taken seriously. It's a mistake you can't undo, and decisive action must be taken to prevent it.
Weight loss, on the other hand, is an ongoing battle of moderation and change. It's a marathon, not a race. This ad seems to imply that the situation is as dire as a person standing on a ledge.
Why is the woman thin? These ads are about obesity. One features a man with a prominent double chin, and another features a man's large belly. But the woman who "overdosed" on candy is thin. Why? Is having a have fat woman, even in an ad about obesity, so disgusting that it can't be shown? I don't agree with these ads, but if your going to talk about fat people, show people who are actually fat.
I won't get started on obesity in general. This is a very touchy and personally subject for me. But I will say that I believe our society's desire for thinness has some how clouded our view of obesity's actual health implications. (Recommended Reading: Losing It: False Hopes and Fat Profits in the Diet Industry)
If you are part of the Knitty mailing list, you are already entered to win all sorts of stuff. Reading about the prizes reminded me of Oprah's infamous "famous things" shows. I felt like I should have started screaming and jumping up and down.