Oh boy, in Self’s August issue there’s an article titled “Does This Baby Make Me Look Fat?”
Um, yes it does, actually.
Except it’s pregnancy weight, not FAT.
So sad that the magazine actually commissioned this story…all about how women are bummed out by how fat they get when they are pregnant and how that wreaks their self-esteem.
Then don’t get pregnant.
The article talks about a tiny minority of women who have disordered eating and take risks such as using diet pills, doing cleanses and cutting calories, yes, while preggers. It then segues into to a few stories of women who have actual eating disorders and how they struggled with them through their pregnancies.
I’ve got no problem with the eating disorder portion of the piece. Having just closed a story on eating disorders and how the insurance industry does not cover their treatment as well as it should, I have every sympathy for sufferers. However, this piece took true eating disorder sufferers –and their habits–and morphed their stories into how being pregnant takes a toll on most women’s self-esteem. It further implies that this self esteem plummet may then cause some small minority of women to use disordered eating practices to not gain enough weight because they fear their hideous baby bump makes them look bad.
Honestly Self, women have been having babies from time immortal so to ask them if their 20 pound plus weight gain makes them feel bad about themselves seems not only counterproductive but sort of sadistic, no?
Self polled 300 pregnant or recently pregnant women to give you these startling statistics:
- 68 percent of thin women say pregnancy made them more insecure
- 61 percent of normal weight women lost body confidence
- 52 percent of women said that pregnancy made them insecure about their body image
- Seven in ten worry about weight gain.
Oh Self, how very shallow you have sunk.