Self-image: from one excess to another?

Please read carefully before climbing the curtains.

Self-image: from one excess to another?

Please read carefully before climbing the curtains.

I make as many nuances as possible in 500 words.

Good intentions often lead too far.


I wonder if our relationship to body weight has not become a good example of this.

I agree that it is cruel and mean to make fun of tall people.

I should point out, in case you were wondering, that I have had blondes of various sizes and that I have loved and respected them all. Laugh if you want.

We know that the thin ideal is a modern stereotype. During the Renaissance, to be beautiful (or beautiful) was to be plump.

We know that the "photoshopped" antelopes of the magazines adhere to demented and often unhealthy lifestyles.

We know the diet industry is a racket full of profiteers and charlatans.

We know that heredity plays a part and that total and permanent control is practically impossible.

Is it even necessary to remember that this incredible pressure is exerted a billion times more on women than on men, and since they were little girls?

Please don't break open doors by telling me this again. I know it.

But there is a "but" here, a massive "but".

Our era, as we know, runs on self-esteem.

We know the discourse and I subscribe to it for the most part: everyone has the right to respect, let's not set ourselves unrealistic goals, let's not let ourselves be dominated by social stereotypes.

I repeat: I subscribe to that.

To take just one example, I have no problem with new plus-size male or female models.

But aren't we swinging from non-condemnation to social acceptance to thoughtless celebration?

See the bewildering number of articles and programs which, precisely in the name of self-esteem and the rejection of stereotypes, go to the opposite excess.

I sometimes wonder, to put it deliberately sharply, if we are not swinging from a cruel "grossophobia" to a jovialistic "grossolatry".

Self-esteem is not enough to dismiss science.

Of course, science does not yet understand all the mysteries of body weight, but we know that being very overweight increases the risk of diabetes, osteoarthritis, having a stroke, having cardiovascular problems, developing various types of cancers, in addition to reducing life expectancy.

We also know that physical inactivity and poor diet, without explaining everything, play an undeniable role.


Self-esteem, yes, but should we move away from the dictatorship of thinness to fall into the denial of well-documented truths?

Jacques Grand'Maison once asked: why do we so often fall into excess?

Terrible question.