“Nothing is more unjust or capricious than public opinion.”
I’m not in the habit of keeping up with the latest in the world of fashion; anyone who has seen how I dress can attest to that. However, I was made aware of — and was immediately perplexed by the ensuing firestorm over — this photo of model Lizzie Miller which appeared recently in Glamour magazine.
I’m struck by a couple of things; first off, I’m guessing that the “movers and shakers” of the fashion world haven’t ventured out to a Wal-mart or state fair in the last quarter century? Hell, young Lizzie here is damn near svelte compared to what I’d call “average”, these days.
And this notion of “average” leads me to my second thought: what would the average female body type level out at if a Paleo lifestyle were the norm?
Just consider for a moment the obscene amount of money spent in this viscous cycle: consumption of processed foods, diet (in all of it’s manifestations), the fashion world’s promotion of (and celebrity endorsement of) “thin” and “fit”, and the health care ramifications of metabolic syndrome. Oh, and throw into this mix the latest exercise craze or toning implement (ThighMaster anyone?).
And that’s only the financial side of things; what of all the unhappiness this self-perpetuating cycle generates? What of all the good that could be done to advance humanity if all of this lost potential were salvaged and pointed in the right direction?
It’s enough to make your head spin.