Sing It: Glee’s Message for Body Confidence

Courtesy of Running with Sass


In case you missed Glee on April 27, it was a body confidence episode. Mercedes, when joined the Cheerios cheerleaders with Kurt, was told to lose ten pounds in a week. Apparently all the other Cheerios drink this “cleanse” that Cheer Coach Sue created. It showed them in the cafeteria eating little or nothing, trying to be thin, to fit in, etc.

In the end, after failed attempts at losing the weight, the Cheerios do their routine in front of the whole school. Of course, singing must be involved, so instead of the cheer routine, Mercedes belts out the song “Beautiful” a la Christiana Aguilera. She then invites the whole school to come stand up and join in the singing. While it was slightly cheesy (but hey, we are talking about GLEE) it was a great message.

So many girls, especially those in those vulnerable high school years (never mind the actors are in their mid 20?s…) struggle with this. So many girls sit in the cafeteria and push food around their plate pretending to eat, or some actually do eat, then rush to the bathroom immediately after. This frustrates me and makes me angry and sad all at the same time. The pressure we put on girls to be thin is ridiculous. The focus should be on being healthy, or on being toned, not on being skinny.

Sure it’s great to have goals, I have goals myself, but I would never push myself to the point of letting it overtake me mentally. I just, 20 minutes ago, ate a Wendy’s cheeseburger! *gasp*  I am home sick, not feeling well at all, didn’t want to cook, and dang it, I wanted a cheeseburger!! Do I have one everyday? No, I haven’t had one from Wendy’s in years, but it is OKAY to eat!!! It IS OKAY to splurge, and have dessert, and take a week off from running, and not be so obsessed with working out that you do it while sick, or injured, or mentally tired.

I know way too many people who have eating disorders, obsessive exercise problems, and body image issues. DON’T BEAT YOURSELF UP OVER IT!  Start over tomorrow! It is a new day and a new beginning. :)  You are beautiful.

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