A number of women would rather be severely depressed or blind, than fat.
[Women] were asked to choose whether they would rather be obese or have one of 12 socially stigmatized conditions, such as alcoholism or herpes. In many cases, the women would rather have more of the other conditions, with 25.4 percent preferring severe depression and 14.5 percent preferring total blindness over obesity.
Of course what “fat” means is subjective, especially if you compare a Hollywood starlet to say, your average mom of 2 living in a suburb….but we can’t deny that attitudes these days are completely skewed about women’s health, and that there is immense pressure put on women to fit an ideal you may see in magazines or on billboards.
Then again, we have an obesity epidemic in this country, so talking about our weight is important….as long as it promotes healthy eating habits and exercise rather than bulimia and diet pills.
But long story short, preferring to be blind rather than fat says a lot….it means we’re fucked up.