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Letter: ‘Beautiful’ but over the top


The front page of The Daily Courier on April 13, entitled, “Beautiful at Any Size,” elicited a double-take to assure myself that my eyes were (pardon the pun) “on target.”

Ah, the wonders of technology, four explicit images of the same feminine “rear view” taking one-third of the front page. Emphasis was clearly on the feminine derriere, representative of sizes, extra-large, large, medium and small, graphic for sure.

The gist of this front page article was presumably directed at the self-esteem of teenage young ladies, advising their older counterparts to discontinue talk related to their “own body image, food restrictions or overeating” for fear of passing this anxiety on to the younger set.

A local psychotherapist specializing in nutrition and eating disorders is quoted in the article as saying, “There’s no bad food in the world!” Really?

To date, the only known way for the majority of people of any age to lose weight is to exercise in conjunction with restriction of one’s diet to “healthy” edibles, including portion sizes, which are consistent with individual body structure.

Perhaps this article would have been more appropriately printed in the “Life” section of the Sunday edition or the weekly “Health” page. Front-page worthy?

Eye opening for sure, but you be the judge.

Grace McFarland


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