As many have already heard, Lou Dobbs, the controversial CNN talk show host, has resigned and will be leaving the network.
All the talk is about his stance on immigration and what he will do next.
I’m only singling Lou Dobbs out because he is making the most recent news, but it amazes me how many overweight men go on TV on a regular basis, being seen by millions of people, and this is completely acceptable. Women don’t have it so easy. It is much more difficult to carry extra weight as a woman and to become an anchor or reporter on a major television network.
Even more amazing is overweight men like Dr. Phil selling diet and nutrition books and supplements!
Why do we have double standard here? Should being overweight be okay for TV personalities, male or female, or should this be unacceptable?
As we have discussed on our podcast and in our book, carrying extra weight is often a psychological barrier that must be overcome- through self-analysis and understanding, rather than through grinding workouts and exercise routines. Nutrition, of course, also plays a huge role in fat loss or achieving optimal weight, however, even with the perfect diet prescription, it is very difficult to get down to or maintain this ideal weight.
Having this double standard doesn’t serve anyone. It makes it okay for men to be unhealthy, and puts far too much pressure on women to go above and beyond what men have to do to make it in TV land.
The issue here is the “should” that is involved. Should women have to be a certain size to get on TV? Should it be acceptable for men to be overweight in the public eye? We have to bring this down to an individual level. If someone wants to be healthy and fit, then yes, they should be concerned about extra weight they may be holding.
Can we make up universal rules for society to stick to in terms of health and fitness? No. But what we can do is understand the importance of our own personal health, and make decisions in our own lives that benefit us, both on the emotional and physical level. At the same time, it can help to stop worrying about television personalities and what they may look like, or what “society” thinks is acceptable.
To get back to the original point here: Dobbs, while not obese, is likely a great candidate for our plan. If he spent 1 week doing some of the written sentence completion exercises in our book, and two weeks getting rid of any carbohydrate addictions, he would be well on his way to having a fit and healthy body!
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