Oh dear, Google seems to have changed the format of this now and the whole site seems to be unfamiliar. Still, I will press on and hope that it all comes out on the screen in the end.
In some countries in the world - India springs to mind immediately - to be very thin is probably a sign of hunger and/or poor diet. The aim there is to put a bit of flesh on the bones.
When my mother was a young woman in the 1920's she wore a tight corset so that she had a slim waist. As she aged she began to put on weight but I don't remember either her nor anyone else referring to her as being
overweight. Anyone of her size was usually referred to as 'bonny' in our part of Lincolnshire (and the name
applies to Yorkshire as well). As she went into her eighties, mainly I suspect because she ate much less, she
began to lose weight and finally was a thin old lady.
What is this obsession with body image these days? To what do we owe it? Is it the cult of the movie stars,
the fashion magazines and the like? Whatever the reason various fad diets seem to have sprung up and everyone seems to be trying to lose weight.
It is one thing to lose weight because of a medical problem (I lost two and a half stone in order to reduce my blood pressure - and it worked), but to frantically try to diet for cosmetic reasons has become altogether too silly for words.
The latest fad in the drive to lose weight for one's wedding (apparently the average bride to be would like to shed 20lbs for her wedding day) is to have a tube poked up your nose. This is called the KE diet and results in shedding 20lbs in ten days. The women are fed a slow-drip blend of protein, fat and water through the tube direct into the stomach (800 calories a day). They say the woman can lead a normal life while all this is going on - normal with a tube sticking out of your nose? Side effects are constipation, bad breath and dizziness! Have I mentioned cost? Just under a thousand pounds for the ten day treatment. But then, when I think of what people spend on their weddings these days I suppose that is chicken feed.