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By Teresa King

In this day and age, it seems that more and more women and young teens are starving themselves to be in the current "skinny mode". Why is this happening?

In this overly commercially orientated world, with skinny models all over the world, and people trying to emulate that "look". I am quite sure it started with Twiggy, in the 1960's. I think Twiggy was smart. She looked at her skinny little frame and realized that she was not like most girls, so instead of hiding herself she flaunted it.

Hence, comes skinniness, and billions of dollars are spent each year while women, young and old, try to stay thin.

Health is going down hill. Years ago women had a bit of meat on their bones and were beautiful. Now, they have dry skin. No extra energy. And, in my opinion look like skeletons.

It is one thing, to keep yourself, in shape, by exercising and keeping yourself toned up. It is quite another when you are starving your body, and robbing it of proper nutrients.

One thing that a lot of people are not aware of is what happens when you don't eat enough calories. Your body, a wonderful machine, was built for starving times and feasting time, as food was scarce sometimes and abundant at others. So, when you don't feed your body, your metabolism says "oh, dear, here comes starving times." And, it promptly slows down. Hence, starving and slow weight loss. So what does a person do. He/she eats less calories, and on goes the cycle.

Now we come to the "Yoyo syndrome" heavy, thin, heavy thin, heavy thin, and guess what happens? It gets harder to get the weight off each time. Why is that? Because your body is confused. I was starved, I must slow down. I am getting fed, I must store for starving times. Hence the "Yoyo syndrome.

Now, what is too fat? Too fat is when you are carrying too much fat, and it is hard to move. Hard to breath. Too fat is not because at 5'4 inches you weigh 140 lbs, and the Twiggy friend weighs 115lbs. Each person has a different bone structure and some people have more muscle than others. And, yes, muscle weighs more than fat. Hence a person at 140 lbs may actually have less fat then a person who is the same height at 115 lbs.

If after reading this you still think you are too fat. Or, if you are really too fat. Then the best diet is to exercise, cut down on junk food. Eat healthy foods such as fruits and veggies, whole grains, etc. Drink lots of water. Do not STARVE yourself. Try to get off hydrogenated fats. (And, this will take some reading. You will be surprised how much hydrogenated fats are in packaged foods) your body needs oil, just like a car. It is just some oils are better for you then others. Hydrogenated fats are not needed.

Think build health. Get proper vitamins (all natural are best!) In this day and age there is no way you can get the vitamins you need in the food you are eating. Unless, you watch every single bite, and read a tremendous amount of literature to learn and do so, plus growing your own food, so you know where it is coming from. Do not go hungry. If you want to lose weight don't stuff yourself. Eat frequent small meals, so you never get those out of control binges that low blood sugar causes. So, there you have it in a nutshell.

As you build your health you can smile at that mirror and accept your rosy cheeks, glossy shiny hair, soft skin, and an amazing abundance of energy. So what if you weigh more than you think you should. You are you. Accept yourself. Good luck!

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