Dear women, please embrace your curves!

Being thin and fit are two different things. Do not obsess over size zero, instead take a cue from diet and fitness experts and put to practice healthy eating and exercising, writes our guest columnist, Vani Mahesh.

Doesn’t size zero imply you don’t exist?

I often wonder why being thin is fashionable. I personally liked Katrina Kaif during her ‘Partner’ days when she was pleasantly plump than her reed-thin self now. To me, she looked livelier with a healthier glow on her face back then.

Now Sonakshi Sinha, who is refreshingly different from all the heroines with insubstantial weights, hopefully keeps her frame and does not succumb to the thin brigade.

The voluptuous Sonakshi Sinha in the movie Dabaang.

Some people are born skinny like Kangana Ranaut. But when one is not genetically thin, why try to achieve the unnatural? How can one size suit all?

Fashion magazines and ramp shows have models with sunken cheeks, pouted lips and a body which is almost not existent. How many of us really follow that kind of fashion? Can we wear the clothes they strut around in? Can we use the makeup they use – the blue eye liners and purple lipsticks? Then why are we hung up on wanting their thin bodies? We often forget, that those models are getting heavy pay checks for their thin frames. It is their profession to look that skinny, so they can showcase the clothes they wear in the best possible manner. We at best, should look at them, admire whatever we want to admire, take a practical tip or two. That is where the obsession with the fashion industry should end.

Books on fitness

If you look at recent book releases, you will find a slew of diet and fitness books. None of these ask you to starve or recommend going on hunger suppressants. These books give you tips on healthy eating.

Rujutha Diwekar’s ‘Don’t Lose Your Mind, lose your weight’ makes for an interesting read, especially for us Bollywood fascinated. She shot to fame for helping actor Kareena Kapoor achieve a size-zero body — but how she did it — is inspiring. She had Kareena on a diet where she ate at two-hour intervals. She was allowed some non-healthy foods alongside
nutrition-packed eats.

Namita Jain, another wellness expert, also advises on what constitutes a healthy, wholesome meal through her books.

One book every weight-obsessed woman, young or old, must read is Yana Gupta’s ‘How to love your body and get the body you love’. It is a part-autobiographical account where Yana candidly admits to the toll the fashion industry took on her health.

When she tells you how, as a thirteen-year-old, she lived on cigarettes and one meal a day to not gain weight, you can’t but shudder. Yana then goes on to explain how she turned her life around through a balanced eating and exercise regime. The book ends with advice on how to engage the mind to get away from ‘fat’ thoughts.

Check out Yana Gupta reveals her fitness secrets here.

One should not be obese. That is a disease in itself. And one must definitely be fit at any age. Our weight should be at an optimal BMI to keep good health. Nevertheless, wanting to lose weight for the sake of looking thin, is a wasted effort. An intelligent mind is as desirable as a beautiful body, if not more – and much longer lasting too! So nurse that intellect in you. Read more, watch some meaningful TV, and take up Yoga to keep yourself collected and be comfortable in your own skin.

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