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Glamour model bares a REAL woman’s body – it’s about time!

By Michelle May, M.D.

lizzie miller plus size modelGlamour editor-in-chief, Cindi Leive, was surprised–and surprisingly inspired–by the outpouring of positive responses she received after publishing a photo of plus-sized model Lizzi Miller (she doesn’t look plus-sized to me!). They both appeared on the Today Show, and from the editor’s own mouth, this will have an affect on the way Glamour portrays beauty in the future. I hope so, but we’ll see. (Since issues are developed months in advance, I’ll start watching for the change around November. In the meantime Cindi, how about removing the ads next to your article for “Body by Glamour” and “Exactly what to eat to lose weight in 30 days.” Talk about a mixed message.)

Could this be another sign of a shift toward recognizing the beauty of “normal” and “average” women?

Other hopeful signs:

As a family physician, I saw thousands of naked bodies, so I know what “normal” and “average” look like. But even the words, “average” and “normal” are just so…unsexy. Who made that decision for our culture?

I also saw the devastation of low self-esteem, eating disorders, and chronic yo-yo dieting. In fact, I fell into it myself. A well-educated, smart doctor should know better, but as I always say, doctors are people too.

So when I see these small sign posts pointing toward an appreciation of true “normal” beauty, I feel almost giddy! How many young women (and increasingly, men) could be saved decades of self-loathing, futile yo-yo dieting, and misplaced energy and focus?

I hope my colleagues in the medical profession take notice. We can blame the media for creating the illusion of perfect, but the “war against obesity” must also be held responsible. Your weapons don’t work and are, in fact, hurting the very people you claim you are trying to protect.


About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

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  1. My friend Gillian Hood-Gabrielson posted another great link in her newsletter showing the process of retouching photos. No wonder we can never look like those models – they don’t look like that either! http://demo.fb.se/e/girlpower/retouch/retouch/index.html

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