I just finished reading Rujuta Diwekar’s “Women and the weight-loss tamasha,” and I loved it! I read a lot about fitness and health as a matter of interest, and don’t be alarmed, I am not trying to lose weight :). My weight is just fine along with the rest of me :). But, the way she analyzes the life of an Indian woman in a humorous way yet making serious points is worth reading. I would suggest that every woman read this and her first book. It will help clear a lot of cobwebs of misconceptions and myths that are floating around. Every person and their daughter-in-law writes newspaper and magazine columns about health without having any credentials to do so. And, naive folks just fall for it. One day egg is good; another day it is bad. Carbs are bad; coconut oil is bad; ghee is bad, no it is good and so on. The saddest part is that as a culture, we are blessed with wonderful, healthy cuisines, wholesome carbs, a tradition of healthy home-cooked fresh food, and we are throwing it away following mindless Western diets that someone recommended without actually understanding the serious complications they can have on our health in the long term.
Have you seen what an obsession weight loss has become around us? Whenever a bunch of ladies meet, always the talk is about who has gained weight, who is slogging and dieting like crazy to lose weight, new moms lamenting their “increased” weight, moms with kids remembering with fondness the days when they were slimmer all the while tucking in the fare available and feeling guilty about it. Have you noticed how no one talks of stamina and strength to deal with our hectic schedules or health and fitness to be able to play with their kids. It is just a mindless obsession with weight or becoming thin, so that the aunties can wear hep clothes they see models or actresses wearing.
Health and fitness don’t happen overnight. My mother suffered from osteoporosis and had two fractures just by slipping and falling in the bathroom when she was in her 40s. She had tough issues with recuperation, joint trouble etc. later on. When in my teens, I was underweight, scrawny and very poor at sports. As you are aware, it is no big deal if girls are not much active in the sports field. But, I really did work at playing games like badminton and TT in college. I regularly work out, read about nutrition, plan and cook the meals for my family no matter how busy I am. I never miss my brisk walk and throw in occasional yoga and strength training. Suffice it to say, that in my mid-30s and after two kids, I am fitter and have more stamina than when I was in my teens or in my 20s :). And, no crazy diets for me, I eat well thank you! So, ladies out there, take care of your health. You are important too. Don’t put your needs way behind those of your husbands, in-laws, kids. Remember that if you are healthy, your family will be healthy too, and it will hold you in good stead when you are older!
Really, girls go out and read these books. Positive living is healthy living. It is worth investing in that.
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