Columnist Loretta LaRoche says she’s tired of the media constantly showcasing women “whose lives revolve around getting paid to look good.” She thinks we ought to “stop buying into Photoshopped pictures and stupid articles touting ridiculous weight-loss programs and products.”

A picture in a recent issue of Glamour magazine seems to have generated continued feedback from readers. The magazine was flooded with emails and letters from readers who say they love the “woman on p. 194.” That woman is pictured in her underwear, proudly showing off her pooch.


The relatively unknown model was featured in the body-confidence article titled, “What everyone but you sees about your body.” One woman from Somerset, Mass., wrote, “This beautiful woman has a real stomach and did I see some stretch marks? This is how my belly looks after giving birth to my two amazing kids! This photo made me want to shout from the rooftops.”


Showing a picture of a woman with some belly hanging over her underpants is a pretty radical move for a magazine. I’d like to see the day when they feature a 70-year-old naked woman. After all, female models are supposed to be not only young and thin but also a bit bony. The clothes are the only thing that counts; they need to be the center of attention. The body is merely a hanger for the clothing, and, sadly, without their garments they would be reminiscent of individuals suffering from famine.


The average woman’s size is between a 12 and a 14. Yet we are deluded into thinking we should be a 2, 4 or 6 because the media consistently showcase women whose lives revolve around getting paid to look good. Many of those same women suffer, or have suffered, from anorexia and or bulimia. I am not advocating being overweight, but how our weight is distributed is usually genetic. I have the same body as my mother and grandmother.


I would have liked to have gotten Angelina Jolie’s body, but it just wasn’t in the cards. I spent a great deal of time as a young woman trying to lose weight and be a size my body consistently rebelled against. I tried all kinds of diets and even took amphetamines that my obstetrician gave me after the birth of my daughter. Oh, I got thin all right, but I was also a whirling dervish.


Isn’t it time we stopped showing women walking the runways who are essentially cadavers? Isn’t it interesting that men don’t seem to be starving themselves to be attractive! Let’s stop buying into Photoshopped pictures and stupid articles touting ridiculous weight-loss programs and products. Being healthy, happy and fit are much more important than trying to have a so-called perfect body.


Author, humorist, PBS star and Fortune 500 trainer Loretta LaRoche lives in Plymouth, Mass. To share your pet peeves, questions or comments, write to The Humor Potential, 50 Court St., Plymouth, MA 02360, send email to getalife@lorettalaroche.com, visit the website at www.stressed.com, or call toll-free 800-998-2324.