people are disparaging themselves about age, this is being referred to "old talk." The Journal of Eating Disorder is concerned that the same type of negative body image issues i.e. anxiety, depression, eating disorders, can now be attributed to women to feeling old.
Turns out that even women as young as 18 are now talking about feeling old or complaining about the effects of aging. Although, it might not surprise you that those teenie-boppers are amateurs in the department of "old talk" compared to the groups that have a little more age on them.
Carolyn Becker of Trinity University in San Antonio, TX led the study which surveyed over 900 women from America, Britain, and Australia. Their ages ranged from 18 to 87. The questions they were given dealt with "fat talk", "old talk" and overall body dissatisfaction. Sixty-six percent of the women say they engage in "old talk" some of the time. As you might expect the women over 46 talk the most about being old. (I don't really think they needed a study to figure that out.)
NOTE: According to one of the articles pertaining to this study, it stated that men were not included as their initial research showed men were more comfortable with aging. There seems to be a prevalent attitude that aging in men makes them more distinguished. Proving once again, that life is not fair.
Thought Number One: Fat
You might remember the post a couple of weeks ago, Native American Summer, where I was talking about Rush Limbaugh justifying his remarks when he called Oprah fat. His theory being if you are part of a group that shares a common denominator, you get to talk about the denominator. Since he is fat, he says he wasn't disparaging her. He was merely pointing out the fact she is...well...fat.
But we all know it's not nice to call someone fat. The politically correct thing to do is acknowledge that people come in all shapes and sizes. Uh-huh...that's how it is supposed to be.
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As you might imagine, that didn't go over in a big (no pun intended) way for people like Marilyn Wann who has spent years advocating for "fat acceptance". Marilyn who wrote a book Fat!So? along with
Thought Number Two: Old and Ageism
According to the study, half the women in the 18-29 age group "occasionally" refer to themselves as old. By that standard, I am old. (Sure according to them I would be ancient, but then a 18 year old calling herself old is coo-coo from my vantage point.)
|Lucy was using an analogy with an old|
vehicle being an old body.
While there are the self-proclaimed fat advocates that are upset with being disparaged due to body size, I venture to guess that people are less vocal about how aging is viewed. I might even go far as to say...and I know some people out there aren't going to be happy with my next statement but here goes....obesity is within a lot of people's control while aging is not within the control of any living person.
As for the issue of "old" being the new bias, more so than fat, .... I was listening to an interview with the Editor-In-Chief of Self Magazine, Lucy Danzinger that was saying that "the opposite of old isn't young...it's healthy and energetic." She went on to say, "It's like having a car. You can't necessarily get a new vehicle, but you can take really good care of the one you have."
I don't dispute that we all need to stay healthy and fit but why is aging considered a flaw? How did we get to a place where having a plasticized taut skin or expressionless Botoxed faces, better than having some natural signs of aging?
From where I sit, I think aging is unavoidable. I can continue to workout as vigilantly as I do. I can stay thin and fit, hopefully but I can't halt all the natural body changes that go with getting older.In theory, I can prolong their onset.
|Being fit isn't quite the same thing as being young...but it's still a good thing to be.|
Hey everyone...meet Gina!!! Gina has been my trainer for about 5 years now. She can't reverse my aging but she can keep everything else in check. Maybe aging will be considered a disease some day and I can have my insurance company pay Gina.
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