- Alex Honnold climbs El Sendero Luminoso WITHOUT a safety rope
- I Hate Thailand video goes viral
- The pill that could let you live to 120: Russian scientists discover antioxidant that delays the ageing process
- Kim Dotcom claims he is BROKE and facing jail
- The little boy who could get cancer from SUNLIGHT: Rare condition means three-year old must wear a protective suit, visor and factor 50 to protect against painful blisters and burns
- Kiev turns off cash machines and credit cards in rebel-held regions of Ukraine
- A hero's return! K-9 police dog Reiko has bullet removed from his spine after being shot by murder suspect
- Family's Christmas lights use so much power they can't even put the KETTLE on
- Poly-Western Students ‘Sit-in’ To Protest Ferguson Decision
- WorldViews: A small village in Nepal is set to make the largest animal sacrifice in the world
Don't Let Them Call You SKINNY!
More from Top Stories
It's bathing suit season again and…horrors…you are TOO SKINNY! Working in the media and looking at diet and exercise articles aimed at whittling your beach body every day, it's a jolt to see vintage ads promising popularity to women (and men) by adding pounds and inches. "Since I gained 10 pounds," reads one, "I have all the dates I want." Obesity rates started taking off around 1975, about the same time these ads dwindled. But it's not just that people went overboard with sugar and fat consumption and portion size so the media needed to push a thinner look. The perception of acceptable body size changed as well. Voluptuous gals like Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, and Raquel Welch flaunted their curves in clingy dresses and skimpy bathing suits. Now they would probably sweat it out in a tent dress. Too fat? Too thin? Too short? Too old? You can't win. There will always be an expensive product or procedure to "cure" some perceived flaw. If these ads teach us anything, its time to banish the body insecurity, don that bikini, and jump into the deep end. Summer's too short.