One of the elements that define an African woman’s beauty is her weight. When it comes to our culture voluminous is the acceptable norm. Unfortunately, this has manifested into a disturbing prevalent mentality among most Ghanaian women as most feel the need to be to heavyset irrespective of compromising their health. Ghanaian stars are not immune to this mentality.
The usual pattern is that once a star achieves some respectable level of fame, they just start piling on the pounds. Weight gain unfortunately, is usually associated with success. It is indeed pathetic the length most will go to gain weight; this includes, but not limited to binge eating or taking pills that places their health at risk. The downside to this is that some people are uneducated on the various diseases associated with weight gain.
Though our celebrity pop culture frowns upon thin body size; it is sheer ignorance that a celebrity is subjected to ridicule and a series of speculations once her body size deviates from the norm. Please stop promoting beauty at the expense of an individual’s health. It is important to send out a message about the health repercussions of unhealthy weight gain as well. There is the need to balance the social scale as far as this issue is concerned. It’s about time society stop nit-picking…pick facts!
Lost count of the number of shapely actresses who have slowly morphed into “WHALEES” over the years. It appears some stars have no concerns about how unappealing they appear onscreen as a result of weight gain. The sad aspect of this is that the fat is usually not evenly distributed. It is usually accumulating in unflattering areas such as the tummy area and the lower torso, and most do not dress to suit their figures. Nope! They want to show off their midriffs. Parading onscreen with love handles and budding pot bellies coupled with a bleached face that looks like an uneven baked potato is DOWNRIGHT UNFLATERRING-YUCK!
Healthy body weight varies from one body type to the other, a fact some people are unaware of. Factors such as height and age determines an individual’s body mass index, there is a standard chart for healthy body mass index based on weight, height and age. Individuals also vary in terms of where fat accumulates. For instance, for apple shaped women, fat is mainly dispersed in the abdomen, chest, and face. For banana shaped women, body fat tends to be distributed predominantly in the abdomen, buttocks, chest and face. For Pear shaped women, fat tend to deposit in the buttocks, hips and thighs. For our hourglass shaped women, fat tend to deposit in the arms, chest, hips and derrière. It is crucial to take all these vital points into consideration before embarking on a weight course in pursuit of the “ideal African beauty.”
Looking like a shapeless amoeba onscreen is not appealing…its freaking gross, period! Ghanaian stars are in the position to set a good example and help diffuse this prevalent ideology of beauty. Gaining weight at the expense of one’s health all in the name of conforming to the societal norm is simply not worth the risk. It is important to make the effort to maintain a healthy body weight. It’s about time Ghanaians discard that notion and embrace a healthier lifestyle.