Posted at 7:40 AM Mar 04, 2010By Andrea Grimes
Let's break it down, slide by slide.
I hate it when grown women are told to obsess over their weight, but I hate it even more when girls are encouraged to do so. Because this mentality isn't just sticking with 18-year-old high school seniors--it's going to trickle down to their younger sisters and friends, and ever earlier, thinness will become the measure by which girls value themselves. Prom is already such an overblown, lame "milestone." Adding weight loss to the whole virginity-losing issue creates all kinds of ridiculous pressure--on girls, specifically. All guys have to do is show up and bang something. Probably while wearing a cummerbund. Ugh.
- "Shake up your fitness routine." You know, that fitness routine you already have because you are super-fat at age 16, and what, you don't already have a fitness routine, don't you know you are going to GET FAT, which is the worst thing that can happen to a girl? By the way, fat means anything above a size 2. So don't delude yourselves, ladies.
- "Don't starve yourself." Tips in this section include eating a sandwich with just one piece of bread. That doesn't sound like disordered eating--or a slippery slope to self-starvation--at all!
- "Beware of high-calorie drinks." Although really, should we have to tell you this, you massive size-8 porker?
- "Measure yourself differently." This slide encourages girls not to "obsess over numbers on a scale." You know, like that "10 pounds" this article is telling you to lose. If only "measure yourself differently" meant "don't evaluate your self-worth by how much you weigh."
- "Get enough rest." When you're not kicking up that work-out routine into high gear, counting every calorie and measuring every inch of your body, try to get some sleep.