I was in the waiting room at the Dr.'s office today, and the US Women's Olympic Water Polo Team was playing China on TV. This is the most athletic, attractive, healthy team of women I have ever seen. For those of you unfamiliar with the team, click this link to see a big, 1280x1024 size picture of the team:
US Women's Olympic Water Polo Team Picture
Here's a smaller, blog sized version:
These girls are noticeably more full-figured than the 'athletic woman' image that I usually see in the media.
If actual woman athletes don't look like the image the media shows, why does the media show it? Furthermore, why do we accept it? Why do women try to look like the Shape cover model, when these women are more attractive and in the Olympics?
I should apologize, for it's not just women. I think all male and female triathletes should take a lesson from these girls. Triathletes, from amateur to elite, focus on losing weight. Peter Reid, a male who has won Ironman Hawaii multiple times, described his obsession with weight loss as an eating disorder in What It Takes. Amateur triathletes often unnecessarily limit their calories in an attempt to achieve that athletic look.
Good luck girls. Trust that if I had a TV, I would definitely be watching!