Thursday, April 30, 2009

Stephanie Naumoska & Weight Issues In America

Australian beauty contestant Stephanie Naumoska spoke out to defend herself and "all the skinny girls out there" against criticism and speculation that she might have an eating disorder. "I've never been anorexic or bulimic. I've never been malnourished or underfed. ... I live a healthy, active lifestyle," Naumoska said in an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America." "I definitely think I've been victimized. I was singled out at that competition."At a reported 5 feet 11 inches and 108 pounds, the pageant finalist's body surprised some onlookers when she donned a red string bikini at Australia's Miss Universe Pageant that showed off her petite frame. Naumoska was chosen out of more than 7,000 hopefuls to make the final event promoting "healthy, proportioned, bodies."Naumoska said she definitely exemplifies that motto, because she eats healthy food and has an active lifestyle and disputes reports about her weight. She claims to weigh 117 pounds.

"I feel fine. I feel great. I don't deprive myself of anything," Naumoska said. "I think I'm a positive role model for girls." But images of Naumoska on the catwalk in her swimsuit clearly show the 19-year-old's rib cage and hip bones protruding and have caused some dietitians and doctors to question whether the "down under" beauty has an eating disorder.


Since I don't have a medical background, I rely on WedMD for my medical information. Stephanie Naumoska may not be anorexic, but she definitely looks like she has an eating disorder. The whole "protruding rib cage thing" is kinda disturbing. Even if Naumoska comes from a family of naturally tall and thin women, I have a hard time believing that she isn't missing a few meals everyday. I know quite a few slender women who are able to eat all kinds of craziness and still not gain weight. Naumoska, however, makes those women look like Tahiry. She is going to have a hell of a time trying to convince the world that she doesn't have an eating disorder. She needs to pack on a few pounds if she wants to be the next Miss Universe.

On a related note, I read an article the other day about obesity. Basically, the article explains the struggles overweight people go through on a daily basis. The article mentions an organization called The National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance, which has found new life as "fat-acceptance" advocates gain force online. I bet the NAAFA has the best food in world at its holiday parties. In all seriousness, fat acceptance may never become a reality. The world is full of superficial and judgmental people who insist on making weight an issue. The average person doesn't stand a chance if Kim Kardashian and Jessica Simpson can catch hell for gaining a few pounds. I cannot defend ridiculously fat people who eat a lot and never attempt to exercise. Furthermore, I cannot support emaciated women who skip meals and think that popcorn can serve as a meal replacement. I think we should all try to eat healthy, workout, and find peace in our physical appearances. Listen to "The New Workout Plan" next time you hit the gym. Kanye's lyics should be able to motivate you.

That's right, put in work
Move your ass, go berserk
Eat your salad, no dessert
Get that man you deserve