We grew up together; now we blog together. In the B/S Chronicles you’ll get to experience viewpoints from a brother/sister team…who may or may not always see things eye-to-eye.
THE B/S CHRONICLES: AGING
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the number of women, ages 45 – 64, hospitalized for eating disorders rose 48% between 1998 & 2006. On the television the other day I heard a statistic that the fastest growing percentage of eating disorders is with women in their 30s & 40s.
Societal pressures and media infatuation with stick-thin models haunt the minds of women of all ages. Even with projects like Dove’s “Campaign for Real Beauty” and new trends of celebrity women flaunting their curves, there’s still a prevalent attraction to skinny.
Add to those pressures the fact that, as we age, we’re forced to watch our bodies change, droop, expand, wrinkle, thin-out, discolor, snap, crackle, & pop – we have a perfect mixture for emotional disaster. We try everything we can to stop the aging process. While some people try to look and feel young through healthy habits (i.e. good nutrition and activity) others turn to unhealthy eating disorders, surgeries, and addictions…all for the sake of looking young.
I know it’s not easy getting older. It’s hard still for me to believe that I’m…. shhh….30! (GASP). My knees crack loudly when I stand, and the unwanted weight refuses to come off my thighs. Even last week during a conversation, I literally forgot what I was saying MID-SENTENCE!
I think what it really comes down to is “Contentment” – being content with where we are in life, being happy with who God created us to be, and accepting embracing the things we can not change. For the things we CAN change, then change them (in healthy ways & with healthy attitudes). For example, the flabs of fat that seemingly refuse to disappear…I can change that by working out and limiting the things I put into my mouth.
But as far as AGING is concerned – that is something we cannot change. So why fret over it? If we learn to be content with life NOW, we’ll be prepared to be content in our growing age.