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Size Zero; A Myth

    • deebashree.mohanty@timesgroup.com
    • Publish Date: Jul 4 2016 9:27AM
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    • Updated Date: Jul 5 2016 11:36AM
Size Zero; A Myth

 The size zero debate has raged for years, drawing in models, fashion designers and magazine editors, politicians and doctors – and it shows no sign of abating. Deebashree Mohanty tells you more about this 'myth' and how it is considered unreal and unwise these days

It is essential to differentiate between the myths and the facts amongst the many weight-loss practices that abound today. With a career that has spanned more than a decade, designer Ritu Beri believes in a healthy body and not in looking skinny. "It is a wrong term to use for someone who has a hour-glass figure. In fact, 'size zero' was coined by the media and has overstayed its welcome. Popular brands do not design clothes for people minus curves. It is important to look healthy and sport a natural glow, than to starve yourself and look scrawny. No one appreciates you that way," she says, adding that the secret to healthy living starts with asking ourselves four questions: Do we view our body as a temple, as something to worship? Do we sleep on time? Do we exercise enough? And, do we maintain a nutritious, healthy diet? If the answers are yes, we could be on the path to looking great and living long. If not, it is in our best interest to change our habits.


There is a huge side effect of fad diets that result in temporary weight-loss but don’t really have long-term health benefits. Actress Raveena Tandon who lost all the flab after the birth of two children, is glowing these days. She feels that one tends to lose colour when you go for extreme diets or over-exercise. After an age, taking care of facial skin becomes an integral part rather than going on crazy diets to shed extra flab."There are many other actors who feel the same way - Mandira Bedi who rose to fame with Kyunkii Saas Bhi Kabhie Bahu Thhi says, "Starvation has become one of the ways in which people lose weight, and that's when the face ages faster. Extreme or crash diets are very harmful, and you always gain the weight that you lost." Instead of following a diet as a fad, Bedi advises a gradual and slow, but steady, way to go about it. 

If you are still obssessed with the hour-glass figure, opt for a complete detox rather than a crash diet. The difference between a detox and a crash diet is right there -  a detox lasts for 2 – 3 days, a crash diet is spread over a week or longer.

Fasting two days per week, not consecutively, but approximately two days apart has proven to be highly beneficial for health! 

Voices 

The Size Zero fad has never existed for me and it is a foolish thing to achieve. It is more important to dress smart and look neat rather than to look emaciated and gloomy. Losing weight all of a sudden takes a toll on your face making it lose all the charm. Rather eat healthy and be stunning. 

- Sharanya Patnaik, Class IV, Mother's International School, Delhi 

No one finds skinny women beautiful. Everyone is after curves these days. It is a good thing to look healthy and fit rather than to appear scrawny. Even fashion designers recommend a good body over size zero.

- Ashna Sahay, Class V, Vishwa Bharti Public School, Noida 


Celebrities related with crash diets

Size Zero: Kareena Kapoor and Anushka Sharma



Freakishly skinny: Christian Bale, for 'The Machinist,' lost oodles of weight making him look like a skeleton. A diet of apple and can of tuna turned him into that!



Online shocker: 50 cent - He shocked the world when he posted a picture of himself looking deathly sick. He opted a liquid diet for nine weeks, along with a rigorous treadmill running regimen.

Comments

Mansi Borade PADUA HIGH SCHOOL-MANKHURD

wow!!! so nice and true story.

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