Poll: Would you prefer to lose weight more than anything else

By Aisling | January 3 2013 | 47 Comments

While in the hairdresser spending €200 getting Ballyage (only 100 years after the trend has peaked, but sure what the hey) I read an interesting magazine article in Dec. Elle.

It said that according to research women would rather lose weight or maintain their ideal weight than ANY other goal. So rather than getting a degree; being promoted; being in an ideal relationship, or having our dream home (or Dream Cat in my case) we would rather be thin.

As women have gained more independence and status, thinness is seen as a cultural marker of success. And yes I know there are many health risks associated with being overweight but this article wasn’t dealing with that issue.

It was saying that the more successful we become the more we want to be thin.

How do you feel about this? Think it’s true? Take the poll and let us know!

(To help you out here just think about what topped your list of New Years Resolutions).

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47 Replies to "Poll: Would you prefer to lose weight more than anything else"

  • Brass Neck says:

    I’m going to assume that people are voting for “lose weight” because they already have utterly perfect careers, relationships, personal lives, and have achieved blissful inner peace.

    That’s becase the alternative is too fucking sad and distressing to contemplate. :(

  • Emz says:

    I don’t understand why it can’t all be done.. we are women after all! I work 9-5 mon – fri & also study during the nights on tues & thurs but still manage to train with my trainer 3 days a week to maintain my weight, spend quality time with my partner, do well at my job & score high at college. Even do bikram yoga at the weekends to detox after a sat night out with the girls ;) Us women really can do 10 things at once ;) x

  • Gem says:

    No, just no. I really want to do something that I know I can stick to this year.
    So here goes..

    travel more
    visiti my family and friends more
    smile at a stranger now and again
    be more creative
    be happier


  • Beanie says:

    I’m with Brass Neck on this. I’m also thinking maybe people believe that if they just lost that extra bit of weight that everything else will just magically fall into place? It is genuinely sad if people really do believe that.

  • Aisling *Aisling* says:

    It just shows that our perception of what will make us happy is so tied up with body image. A lot of us spend our whole lives either on a diet or yo yo dieting.

  • Chloe says:

    I think the reason people choose weight loss is that it’s something you can control, whereas in general, your relationship & career are things that you work at constantly, so unless there’s something specific you want, such as getting a promotion or organising a wedding, you don’t really think of changing your career or relationship drastically! You might just presume that you will finish your degree or move house, whereas people perceive weight loss to require concentrated effort. At least I hope that that’s part of it.

  • Joanne says:

    I think we all want to look well – and if you’re carrying extra punds, losing weight can help you look much better, as well as be healthy.

    I don’t equate losing weight with being thin – to be it’s about being healthy and reasonably fit.

    Dropping weight is not going to fix everything, but it can help you feel better mentally. Plus, when you start to control one aspect of your life, you often find yourself making positive gains in other areas also (such as career, studies).

  • Orla says:

    Emz… how do you manage all of that!?! WOW!

    I’m too lazy to diet or want to lose weight. Of course I’d love to tone up a little.. but only if it happened by magic – I just don’t have the motivation to do it myself, it’s just not one of my priorities!

  • tina10 says:

    Health eating and some exercise should lead you to good health and a good natural weight. If you have to knock yourself out to achieve a certain number on the scales, then I think it will be impossible to sustain long-term.

    I put on 3 stone for each of my 3 pregnancies but my weight afterwards always went back down to the same weight I’ve been since I was around 15 (8 stone). I know that I’m lucky to not have to work at it, maybe if it was harder for me I’d think differently.

  • Eileesh says:

    Personally I just want to get fit .. plain & simple, except it’s not simple ‘cos everytime I go into a new fitness routine my body decides to betray me & I windup either injured or sick ! So this year I’m taking a different approach. First cutting out the crisps & chocolate bars, gradually get into a healthier diet routine in terms of preparing food to bring to work (healthy options at work are foul). By the end of january food changes should be done [I'm allowing for desserts on eating out]. It is NOT a diet .. it’s just an adjustment to eating habits. I’m going to spend the month investigating fitness options by checking classes & whether the instructors are sufficiently qualified to understand the restrictions I have & assess whether their activity is suitable or not. A compressed disc scuppered my last attempt as it evolved into a wandering vertebra as a result of the exercises the instructor gave.

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