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There is a cool Japan blog I follow called "1000 Things About Japan" and it's written from an expat and her experiences there.

http://1000thingsaboutjapan.blogspot.com/2012/03/will-miss-426-perspective-on-thinness.html

She wrote this on Monday. I think some Americans who have a skewed view of the world might benefit from reading this... and thinking about it.

This isn't my story -- it's the bloggers, I quoted it here

I'm going to let you in on two secrets. First, this is a personal blog. The presentation may obscure that fact, but it is about me, my experiences, and my feelings as much as it is about Japan. Second, I have had an eating disorder for most of my life. Part of that disorder is the distorted notion that having the right body (i.e., a thin one) will cure all of life's problems. If you are thin enough, you will be beautiful, loved, healthy, and have success. In my home culture, in which many people are overweight, this message is served up early and often. Living in Japan has helped correct this distorted thinking. Almost everyone is thin, but many people are ugly, lonely, sick, and unsuccessful. Yes, even thin people get Type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, etc. I see it often here. There isn't an expansive and incessant cultural message here that thinness is a panacea for your woes (or that fatness is the root of all of them), and personal experience with people who are thin yet still have problems has been a powerful experience for a person with my history.

I'll miss living in a culture which doesn't view attaining a particular body image as the end-all and be-all of answers to life's problems and being around people who have problems despite being thin.

It never occurred to me. Not even once. But our western culture that is so obsessed with thinness and the belief that being overweight is unhealthy totally alters our perspective.

I say this because I am overweight... but I am perfectly healthy, too. I've been checked (full blood work even) to see if I had pre-diabetes, liver issues, high blood pressure, thyroid problems.

Nope. I'm what you would call healthy as a horse. I don't even have an inkling of anything wrong with me. My doctor was a little chuffed. He still recommended weight loss. And while I have been exercising daily for months, I finally added the proper food regimen to the process and I am now losing weight.

But it made me pause, reading this. Maybe we're seeing what we want to see. Because we're conditioned to see it. Even thin people get sick.
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She sounds delusional. She honestly believed thin people don't get sick?? She thinks Bill Gates is handsome? Delusional.
 
Toby people with eating disorders are.. suffering from a disorder....
 
So why make a rant when she knows she is delusional? What she says about Japan is prejudiced by her disorder. You say people in America are the ones with skewed viewpoints and not her.
 
+Jennifer Bailey I've seen Body Dysmorphic Disorder create an altered sense of reality in too many people.

The person suffering from BDD can desire to be thin, obese, strong, weak, fast, curvy, tall, short, a different race and only when they achieve it will they be truly happy and complete as a person.

Much like people who strive for money, a house (or four), power, an attractive partner, making their voice hear over the din of the internet, achievement of any sort, fame, expression of themselves, helping others, saving from destruction, healing or even being left alone - they all will do all anything to get to that place because then everything will be perfect.

Compassion and education is the key to understanding how someone so seemingly well put together can be falling apart all the time.
 
Google is showing me a gastric bypass ad on this blog post.
 
How are you seeing it as a blog post? Google+ itself shows no ads - how do you connect to see Google+?
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