I’m on vacation this week, so I’ll be re-publishing a series of body image posts from the HealthyGirl.org archives. This one originally ran in May of 2010.
As I recovered from binge eating disorder and body obsession, fat days have gotten fewer and farther between. But guess what’s been popping up in their place? Wrinkle days! (This was me the other morning while brushing my teeth: “Mm, this new Aquafresh tastes niACK another crow’s footWHERE’SMYMOISTURIZER?!!!!”) I may have gotten a lot saner about my weight and food obsessions, but now, apparently I’m dealing with this. And, I don’t know about you, but I could use a healthy-aging body-image heroine. In this era of Botox, fillers, cheek implants and completely surgically made-over faces, how are we supposed to know what’s normal? The extreme implants and facial surgeries sought out by aging women have become the West’s version of genital mutilation—only it’s voluntary.
I am hereby declaring our society’s fight against aging complete and total insanity.
Who’s your body/aging image hero? And (for those of you over 25 ) how do you feel about getting older?