Tackling Extreme Weight Loss

In a culture that teaches you that you can never be too fat or too thin, I don’t blame all these teenage girls that think nothing about extreme weight loss. All the messages that the media teaches reinforce this concept—you are nothing if you are not thin. How did we get to this point?While yes, every point in time honors a different body type, this particular moment is scary. It teaches girls that a plurality of viewpoints is non-existent and there is no space for compromise.
Extreme weight loss is a manifestation of that.I shudder to think that we are raising a generation that values other people’s opinions rather than their own. What kind of world are we giving them when we teach them to be vapid and shallow from such a young age? What kind of message are we sending when being a celebrity seems like the most glorified job in the world?
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Of course, there are still advocates that combat the extreme weight loss posse. There are still movements that want to spread the word of acceptance at every shape and size. But the reality is, these messages of goodwill are only beginning to chip away at an industry that will only listen to money, never its consumers.

More and more, I am finding that the age in which the awareness of one’s weight is getting lower. Children in grades lower than third already have a concept of fat as dirty and ugly. This bothers me more than anything else, to be honest.

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Children should never be made to feel ugly or wrong in their own bodies. They should be taught the many different things they can do with their bodies—run, play, sing, dance, etc. The fact that they can be aware of a wrong body type unsettles me because that begins a wholly negative astute feeling towards a little bit of pudge.

Shouldn’t we be teaching the value of hard work and talent rather than the virtue of having an insipid show on television? Shouldn’t we be teaching them to celebrate kindness and gentleness towards all peoples rather than teaching them to laugh at those the teeniest bit different from them? Extreme weight loss in teens is just one manifestation of this particular discrepancy.

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I appreciate the steps that some agencies are taking in order to make sure that people know that extreme weight loss is a serious problem. But in the light of the obesity epidemic, I don’t think anyone’s really paying attention to the latter. It seems that between an anorexic teen and the obese teen, people are quicker to point fingers rather than help.

So what can we do to help? Well for one thing, we should all be self aware in the ideas we disperse. We may be preaching tolerance but laughing at your overweight neighbor negates all that.

We start by being kinder to ourselves, then to our neighbors, then to people we don’t even know, etc. etc. We should demand realistic messages from the media—give us real people, not retouched aliens. By creating a buzz around the things we believe in, we make noise that will hopefully lead to the eradication of extreme weight loss.

What are Weight Loss Supplements?

While the pressure to be thin is year round, there are certain months that certainly feel like crunch time. These months are also known as bathing suit season—a wholly made up season because women didn’t feel bad enough. But hey, this is why weight loss supplements exist!

And thank the good Lord they do because without these babies, whatever shall we do? Weight loss supplements come in all forms and it’s nice to get to know them a little bit before biting the bullet. These are some of the more popular ones:


a natural appetite suppressant. An herbal product most famous for saturating the market early on in the supplements game. An online search for hoodia will garner a collective statement of “Buy this hoodia pill! Not that!”


a plant that is inherent to the Amazon rainforest. It’s black beans are said to have double the caffeine of a coffee bean which I’m sure you know is a weight loss supplement in itself. What’s anxiety and palpitations, as long as you’re thin right?

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Weight Loss Supplements


one of the functions of chromium is to facilitate the movement of insulin into the blood stream. It is obviously used for diabetes medication but also, weight loss supplements or muscle building supplements. What a combination!

Apple Cider Vinegar

long believed as a most natural way of suppressing appetite. But recently there have been studies that show a peculiar finding; people who ingest the vinegar in the liquid form carry out the effects naturally, but people who prefer the apple cider vinegar tablet are experiencing adverse effects. A puzzling case of vinegar elitism, I bet!

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)– a fatty acid naturally found in small amounts in milk. This is believed to be a popular among weight loss supplements as it is thought to decrease body fat and increase muscle mass. That just makes me want to sing its praises—it’s like winning the lottery.


is found in crustacean shells, of all places! It is believed to prohibit the absorption of fat in the body. It’s like hearing a Christmas choir sing to you in the middle of spring (cue collective sighing of the crowd).

weight loss supplementsBitter Orange

though quite popular in the market, this is also the diva of the appetite suppressant game. Bitter orange cannot be taken in conjunction to any other chemical in order to work—it demands your true loyalty all day every day. So if you’re the kind to obsessively be all about something that promises a lifetime of pain in the neck, you just have to meet bitter orange, dah’ling, you must meet!

So there you have it, the leading magical substances in weight loss supplements. No brand names mentioned though, that would only be too tacky, you know? I suggest you buy a couple, rent a DVD with a really thin lead actress and no storyline whatsoever and concentrate on thinking thin, and being thin—after all, exercise is for the poor dah’ling.