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    It’#146;s the season of bikinis, muscle shirts, and short-shorts–the timeof year when the clich’eacute; ‘less is more’ becomes everyone’#146;spersonal motto.

    The less material an article of summer apparel has, the better (and the pricier,it always seems). And, just as importantly, the less fat on the body beneaththe skimpy clothing, the more valued that body is. Women are made to feel disgustingif their ribs don’#146;t poke out under their bathing suit top, and men withextra poundage in place of firm, flat muscles are thought of as slobs.

    While obesity is a major health problem in the United States, there are plentyof people out there who, despite the fact that their body size falls withinnormal, healthy bounds, keep striving for a virtually unattainable figure, onethey’#146;ve seen on television or in a magazine.

    Even if this supposed ideal can be achieved, at what cost does it come?

    There’#146;s nothing wrong with eating well and exercising regularly, but crashdiets, weight loss pills, performance enhancing drugs and all the myriad methodsindividuals use to reshape their bodies are dangerous. And these methods aremost prevalent among the college age population.

    For those who really do have a weight problem that threatens their well-being,there are safe ways to control body fat and attain a healthier lifestyle. Butthe standard of beauty that champions deprivation and obsession is truly whatneeds to be addressed. The fifteen extra pounds you’#146;re convinced you haveto lose are hurting you more mentally than they are physically. The preoccupationwith size wreaks havoc on all of us, and there are just too many other importantissues with which we should be concerned. Instead of grimacing in the mirror,put on that bathing suit (so what if you need another one, last summer’#146;smight have just shrunk after the last washing), go to the beach, and appreciatethe diverse body types you see on the sand.

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