"I don't like celery, I like sandwiches." This morning, with breakfast, I read the New York Times, and what I remember the most is this celery line from an article about Lifetime's show "Drop Dead Diva."
With coffee, I treated myself to five minutes of Allure magazine, where I turned to, of course, the article, "LIVING YOUNG: What keeps a woman looking young? A study of identical twins reveals some surprising answers (and they don't involve pricey treatments.)"
The New York Times wisdom about weight and looks came from Josh Berman, creator of the "Drop Dead Diva" (a good natured snack food of a show about an almost-dead tiny model trapped in a plus-size lawyer's body) who said, "I don't believe it's about willpower . . . Everyone has different needs and desires. If someone finds a donut comforting, who are we to judge them?"
Berman's insight comes from growing up in a weight-obsessed family.
Uh huh. Been there. Done that. Had an aunt who kept a scale smack in the middle of the kitchen entrance. Practically had to leap over it to get to a damn piece of bread.
According to Allure magazine, along with the usual suspects that engender older appearance for women (excess drinking, smoking, stress, anti-depressants (? time to give up happiness?) there is one good bit of news. The study (of identical twins) referenced in the October issue of Allure asserts, "Additional weight fills in and softens wrinkles, making a heavier twin look younger than her sister. "
Unfortunately, this was only true for those over forty years of age.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Older women's faces look younger when plumper.
Good news, finally a reason to look forward to crossing that 40 threshold.
And, if the creator of a TV show is to be trusted as an arbiter of scientific truism, we aren't being greedy when smearing cream cheese on a bagel; we're using nature's Prozac. Then, avoiding the drugs, we'll look even younger!
T'is a sin to be fat in America.
T'is unspeakable to be ugly.
But today I'm feeling hopeful. Tomorrow's Boston Globe is bound to have an article showing that men are overwhelming attracted to women wearing sweat pants.
T'is been a good morning for Word Love.
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