It Happened This Week: A Documentary, Egg Salad and Susan Boyle

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picture-4Our very own Marsha Hudnall tells all in her Q&A with Cranky Fitness, “Dark, Dirty Secrets of a Dietitian.

Everybody is talking about Susan Boyle’s inspiring performance on Britains’s Got Talent (pictured) and how it’s a comment on how obsessed our culture is with appearance. We’re you inspired by her story or saddened that her success was such a shock to the audience?

We’re intrigued by a new PBS documentary called FAT: What No One is Telling You. The description says that “many of us still view being overweight as a character flaw, a lack of self-control, or even a moral crime. But does fat really equal failure?”

Body Love Wellness blog echoed the sentiments in Marsha’s post about normal eating vs. overeating. Golda writes: “Healthy eating and eating what you want can very easily become one and the same thing.” Well, we’re not sure it’s easy. It takes effort and attention to your body. But it’s definitely possible. A great goal to work toward.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that it’s National Egg Salad Week. If you’ve got tons of eggs lying around after Easter, they have many health benefits. People with diabetes can eat eggs, too! Diabetes Self Management tells you how and why.

The New York Times’ Well blog has an interesting commentary on how one woman dealt with a life-saving medication that caused her to gain weight.

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  • etinca says:

    I’m having both reactions to her story. Inspired that she so obviously loves singing & has such talent, and is so much herself that she didn’t make herself over to fit the usual stereotypical performer image. Inspired that she wowed the audience. Dismayed that although the audience & judges obviously recognized her amazing talent, the standing ovation & cheers seemed to be as much about her wowing them in spite of their first judgment on looks only. My hope this morning after processing all this is that maybe even a small percentage of the people who have viewed this have been awakened to their superficiality & will think twice next time they dismiss someone at first glance – dare I say even be more mature? And I include myself in that group! My husband is extremely bright & capable but cares nothing about his appearance, to the point of often looking like a homeless person, & there are too many time I’ve been embarrassed to be seen in public with him! Shame on me.

  • I am so glad to hear that I’m not the only one with mixed feelings about the whole Susan Boyle phenomenon.

    Hooray for her, and it was an inspiring performance. But the SHOCK that everyone seems to have that a person who is not conventionally pretty could actually sing–that depresses me. Why is that so shocking? The way people mindlessly assume “attractiveness” is the ultimate virtue for a woman to the point of illogic (only pretty people can sing!) shows how far we still have to go as a society. I agree wholeheartedly with etinca.

  • Marsha says:

    An anti fat prejudice listserv I belong to had a comment on the Susan Boyle phenomenon that I thought was spot on. I’m not quoting exactly because I haven’t gotten permission, but her point was that the overall reaction to the phenomenon shows how “deeply-distressed people are by the media message” that we’re nothing unless we fit accepted images of beauty. That seeing someone’s inner beauty and talent win over that image was deeply moving to us. I agree with etinca, Crabby and my anonymous source.

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