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Why do women want to loose weight all the time?

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Why do people, particularly women get so obsessive about dieting and want to lose weight all the time, particularly when as far as I can see they don't need to?  They’re always at it, counting the calories and trying a new diet when the old one doesn’t seem to work.

If you flip through any magazine aimed at women, which isn’t something I do regularly by the way; on practically every other page you have stuff like, slimming pills, fantastic claims about how to lose weight fast, new low calorie this, low fat the other.  It’s enough to make you feel overweight just looking at it all!  No wonder women are always starting a new diet tomorrow.  Is it the male population that is to blame for all this, or is it the super slim models that they see on the pages advertising the diet?

Trying to lose weight? You don't have to!

Women trying to lose weight The people that come up with all these diets must be raking in an absolute fortune and all because women, and perhaps some men feel a bit insecure and think they are overweight.  Yes it’s true, some people are overweight but I’m willing to bet that a fair number of the people who regularly do the weight watchers and Atkins thing are probably not excessively overweight.  They might be a bit curvy in places, but there’s nothing wrong with a full figure as long as you eat healthily and take regular exercise.

Who says that men like stick insects anyway?  Lose weight if you really must, but when I see these skinny models in the magazines - the only thing I want to do to them feed them up a bit!  We like you the way you are and you look fine, really, honestly.  Otherwise we would say something like “stop eating those damn chocolates because you’re getting fat”; you don’t have to look like a supermodel because that isn’t exactly normal anyway!

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Blue

Blue

I'm not that old. I'm 13 and it kinda bothered me WHY women wanted to lose weight in the first place. So I came here. I had the vague idea that it was about the media portraying women but I wasn't sure. But I wanted to point out that not ALL women want to lose weight because of that. Some women want to do it to improve health. Media is probably influencing women in losing weight but some just wanna get healthy and lower the risks of heart diseases, etc.

I was a really over weight, unhealthy child. I mean I lived off junk food and chocolate, doing absolutely no exercise. It didn't both me. But after a while I started feeling bad about myself. Not in a negative way, I felt bad that I was unhealthy, which is a good thing because that feeling motivated me to start exercising and eating more healthily.

I know dieting wasn't right so I decided to eat normally. No skipping breakfast or any meal and making sure to get all my nutrient. Pizza is amazing so I never stop eating that either. Or samosas. Junk food overall. I just started eating it so it was balanced. Through the week I tried have around 5 fruits. I know it's five a day but come on, I couldn't be bothered to eat that much and I was only 11 at the time. Anyways, then on Saturdays or Sundays the family would order pizza and we'd have that. I guess it was like a diet but I never cut down on my food. More like spaced it out over a course of time instead of eating it all in one day.

Along with that I made sure to exercise. My health improved vastly. I lost weight but that wasn't my goal. My goal was to become healthier.

I know my BMI is probably over weight but it doesn't bother me. I feel happy with my body.

After all I went from, approximately:
Weight: 75kg
Height: 142cm
Age: 11

To:
Weight: 53kg
Height: 153kg
Age:13

I still exercise and eat healthy. But the whole point I commented this was to point out that maybe not all women want to lose weight because of media. Scratch that, not all women want to lose weight because of media. I'm guessing media is the main reason. Okay... I didn't think I'd write this much. But that's it I guess
Blue
19th Feb 16 23:16

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the new wife 2014

the new wife 2014

Because some women may risk infertility of they dont lose weight.
Because some women fear obesity related illness.
Because some women want to be healthy and have energy to play with their children/grandchildren
Because some women simply want to feel good confident in their clothes.
the new wife 2014
14th Sep 14 21:11

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lucy

lucy

Hi!
im a level 9 gymnast and im at the point where my coach controls what i eat. People make fun of me at school and say that im ridicuosly skinny. I know that they talk about me behind my back.i hate doing gymnastics. I cant go on holiday, i cant eat what i want and if i quit my coach will say im lazy.
i do 4 hours of training on monday,s and thursday,s and i do about 12 hours on saturday and sunday.
im miserable. I know its not really to do with this topic but i just want someone to listen.
lucy
11th Aug 13 00:29

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charlotte

charlotte

I have a condition when i eat meat i throw up. People think im bolhemic and im obssesed with my body image but im not. I have to sick to a strict vegatarian diet and im constantly loosing weight.
if there are people with my condition i get it when peopke say your obsessed with how you look because its really not.
iy debilitating
charlotte
11th Aug 13 00:17

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Splott

Splott

I disapprove of women (and men, although there seem to be less of them) who try and control their weight purely through cutting down on food quantity, without considering that more exercise, coupled with a healthier diet, is a better solution.

And why is there so often this defence that women don't want to look like a stick insect? it comes across as an excuse not to face the issue. As though the two extremes, obese and skeletal, are the only options. I think there is nothing more gorgeous than a fit (as in atheletic fit, not "well fit") woman, whether slim or large. But curves made up of fat - no, sorry.

Btw, I think women have every justification to apply the same criteria to men - i just felt like wriitng this from my own - male - perspective.
Splott
2nd Aug 12 13:31

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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

Jon, by and large we are not born obese. Eating half the contents of Asda every week IS ruining what nature gave you.

(That extra "o" in the gripe title drives me mad, by the way.)
grumpyoldwoman
26th Jul 12 17:35

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Jon

Jon

You ladies are beautiful, whatever size or shape you are! Don't ruin what nature gave you ;)
Jon
26th Jul 12 16:18

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Chunks

Chunks

Why is it that a very nice gentleman has posted a lovely compliment to us ladies yet all the replies are giving us 'weight loss' solutions? Talk about missing the point! Ill be the first to say thankyou for this gripe.
Chunks
22nd Apr 11 22:45

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Mollu

Mollu

Try to cut down your portion sizes, I lost nearly 2stone using The Portion Plate
Molly
Mollu
29th Mar 11 16:51

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skinny minny

skinny minny

Apologies....spelling error made me re-post this:

Skinny models in magazines are not skinny but airbrushed. Wake up people!
skinny minny
18th Nov 10 23:30

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skinny minny

skinny minny

Skinny models in magazines are not skinny by airbrushed. Wake up people!
skinny minny
18th Nov 10 23:29

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Big Mac Meal

Big Mac Meal

Some men can be pretty obsessive with loosiong weight not just us women ;D
Big Mac Meal
9th Nov 10 10:20

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Gian

Gian

The worst thing you can do is go on a diet you just need to eat healthy food and move a lot more ,If you eat diet foods as soon as you stop you put more weight on.Don't read the adverts although the Sugar Solution book is really good my sister went down 4 dress sizes 2 years ago and she still looks great.
Gian
12th Dec 09 22:07

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gix

gix

As soon as you tell yourself you are on a diet you think all the time of food ,just eat healthily ,and it has been found that sugar is bad for you but substitute sugars cause brain tumors in rats and mice and also make you crave sweet things ,try reading the sugar solution book itmakes you think about what you are eating !
gix
5th Nov 09 22:56

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cuzzy bro

cuzzy bro

rofl obese people need to stop eating, they dont even realise.
cuzzy bro
23rd Oct 09 10:29

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