Dying for a Healthy Self-Image

Frustrated woman on scale

(DGIwire) — Not too long ago, The Success Foundation in partnership with the University of the West of England uncovered some disturbing news:  A survey found that 30 percent of the women surveyed would trade at least one year of their life in order to achieve their ideal body: 16 percent would trade one year; 10 percent would trade two to five years; two percent would trade six to 10 years; and one percent would trade 21 years or more of their life. In addition, many women surveyed said they would forfeit a promotion at work, part of their salary, time with loved ones and even their health.

The survey was done on university campuses in the United Kingdom, but these feelings are not limited to adolescent girls as is often thought, or just England. In the United States, about 10 percent of all women—approximately 10 million—are suffering from eating disorders, and at least 50,000 will die as a direct result. A startling 80 percent of women are not satisfied with their current appearance.

A subsequent poll by People magazine revealed that 80 percent of women feel that the images of women on TV, movies, magazines and advertising make them feel insecure about their looks. The poll also showed that this insecurity is so bad that 34 percent would try unhealthy diets, 34 percent would elect “fat-removal” surgery and 93 percent said that they had made various and repeated attempts to lose weight.

“Media is economically driven as billions are spent every year advertising diets, supplements and other ‘magic potions,’ gym memberships, exercise equipment, clothes and cosmetics,” say boomer generation health experts Dian Griesel, Ph.D., and Tom Griesel, authors of the books TurboCharged: Accelerate Your Fat Burning Metabolism, Get Lean Fast and Leave Diet and Exercise Rules in the Dust (April 2011, BSH) and The TurboCharged Mind (January 2012, BSH). “However, none of these things seem to be helping. Worse, the focus is always on ‘weight-loss,’ which is definitely the wrong place to start.”

Tom adds, “There exist very simple and healthy alternatives to all this craziness. Anyone and everyone can rapidly lose excess body fat and radically improve their health at the same time. No gym memberships, equipment, strenuous exercise, special foods or supplements are needed. More fun activity, along with walking and only a few minutes total of ‘exercise’ per day, is all that is required, along with a strong desire to finally take control of one’s life.”

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