30 April 2014

Zero... Size Zero

This is the final post for the April 2014 A to Z Blogathon. Its been a month of "exercising for fitness" and I was not really sure I would be able to complete the challenge and stay within the theme. Suddenly I had a gamut of ideas for blog posts which had nothing to do with my theme. They were banished to the 'drafts' and hopefully should be up soon. So keep visiting.

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 Stunning models in fashion magazines look beautiful, lean and toned and whatever I do I somehow never achieve that look. Obviously a lot of it is due to superb photography, make up etc but size matters as well. I had a painfully thin frame and never ever was it considered to be beautiful. Rather it was looked down upon.

In my time, fat was beautiful.

Some years ago, the so-called size zero became quite the craze in India when Kareena Kapoor (an actress in India's film industry) was down to this size for the 2008 film "Tashan."

So thin was in.

Later on I saw the move "Bride Wars" when this dialogue about a wedding dress by Vera Wang has stayed with me till now: "You don’t alter Vera to fit you; you alter yourself to fit Vera."

I am not sure what dimensions qualify as size zero but I assume its something painfully thin as is evident in photos in the links above. Can one reach and stay in this size in a healthy manner? Obviously it would mean cutting down on food which will affect nutrition and energy levels. Will there be long term side effects? This is an eye opening article about models who go to all lengths to maintain the sizes required for their work.It involved eating less or not at all, sustaining oneself with drips but not much mention of exercise. The focus was only on the size and not on fitness. Fitness is not only size but involves overall strength, flexibility and endurance. Its the combination of these that makes a person fit.
But obviously the requirements of the fashion industry go beyond fitness. Appearances count.

So is it worth risking long term damage to our bodies to reach and stay at size zero? Thats a question we have to answer for ourselves.


If you ask me then its better to be happy with our bodies as God's gift, try not to damage it wrong diets, wrong exercises, wrong lifestyles. 

Stay fit all of you. Stay healthy.
Cheers!

Disclaimer: All suggestions are general in nature. Readers are advised to exercise caution before implementing them and seek expert advise about what is suitable for their specific needs. 

9 comments:

Shilpa Garg said...

Size zero is certainly not for us. But it is craze in teens and college going kids! I believe in eating healthy and staying healthy. Congratulations for acing the A to Z Challenge, Archana! Cheers :) ♥

B. said...

VERY TRUE.. that's why i gave up on that dream ages ago :) .. now I am happy and FATTTTTTTT :) he he he


Bikram

Archana said...

Well said Shilpa. Congratulations to you too!! :)

Archana said...

Hi Bikram! Thanks for stopping by. :)

Shesha Chaturvedi said...

I was skinny but I had strength! When size zero became popular I realized it was one size lesser than mine- I used to look malnourished to my friends and relatives in that size, because of less weight! Lol! I was amused with size zero thing! Indian figures are not meant of size zero! Since my childhood I have been hearing loads about my full-plate w.r.t. my prominent collar bones and thin size :))
I remember that bride wars scene Lol! We laughed over it!

Congratulations for completing the challenge!
Elixired

Archana said...

Thank you Shesha! :) :)

Rajlakshmi said...

the fitness in fashion industry is much more as even though they are thin, they eat right and exercise right to stay strong, but when the same thing is tried by young girls by giving up food, that becomes a problem. Projection of wrong image of women is really concerning.
Wonderful post. Congratz on completion of A to Z challenge

Sonia Lal said...

There is no such thing as a size 0! Well, outside of high fashion. And even there . . . it makes it sound like you have been whittled down to nothing.

And, yeah, if you think you have to be like that, it could lead to eating disorders.

Archana said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts Rajlaksmi and Sonia. :)