February 11th, 2007

bunny, mark ryden

Nutrisystem Commercials (rant)

How many of yall have seen the Nutrisystem commercials? (if you are unfamiliar with the diet or so confused because there are A TON of diet commercials that come on DAILY it is the one that has a certain nutrisystem 'brand' food you buy. You are supposed to eat their food and 'CAN HAVE CHOCOLATE EVERY DAY!' the commercials are usually plain with white backgrounds and people exclaiming how good it works). But I am enraged about what they have these people say. In the more woman oriented version one of the people say 'now that I've lost the weight my husband says/thinks I'm hot', in the more man oriented commercial one guy says 'now that I've lost the weight my wife says shes not as disgusted with me anymore'. DISGUSTED. I'm afraid that these kind of messages are putting SO much emphasis on looks, specifically weight. Associating weight with good looks and good looks with (more or less) love and approval of the opposite sex. Implying that even those who love you will be dissatisfied with you unless your body has a certain shape/size.

How is this kind of message effecting our younger brothers/sisters/cousins, what about our children to come? What about US? Our generation(s).

This is more or less of a rant. Perhaps some discussion can stem from it.

Here is a discussion question- Have any of you emailed/mailed/called a company/person who has released this sort of message to the media?

Presentation for middle schoolers

I went out for brunch with my cousin, an elementary school teacher, today. She knows that I ran a fundraiser for eating disorders awareness week, and she knows that I wrote a play about it. And she asked me if I'd be willing to do a presentation to the grade 7 and 8 classes at her school on the subject.

Now, my experience learning about eating disorders in middle school was through many presentations and videos that were meant to scare us away from them but just glamourized them. by the end of grade 8, the only school in the province with more eating disordered students was the national ballet school - we were in second place. morbid statistic, i know. they did give us some information on how to help ourselves, but not what to do if we suspected a friend had an eating disorder, and the way they presented them actually gave me tips on how to restrict etc while i was developing mine.

My cousin says that the middle schoolers at her school aren't worried that THEY might have eating disorders, aren't concerned about their friends. They're just curious. SO here are my questions:

1) do you think it's appropriate to be telling a group of 12-14 year olds about eating disorders simply because they're curious?
2) how would you go about giving them this information? what to say? what to avoid?