Stop Before you Die! Magazine Article

So I was reading a typical women’s mag the other day and thought I would show you a picture of the cover.










Now aside from the fact that it’s a typical women’s magazine offering competitions, how to look slimmer and celebrity gossip, I thought the tagline under Dawn French was a bit much. The ‘Stop before you die’ tagline is intentionally placed in its bright, shock inducing writing so you will pick up the mag and buy it. It looks like it will be a double page spread about the comedienne and her trials and tribulations with weight loss.

However, upon opening the magazine, I felt short-changed as I was led to page 9 with only a short article describing how French, pictured above, is putting her health at risk due to yo-yo dieting. However, the real reason I have chosen to write about this article is because, for once, it is an article about the health risks associated with being overweight, as opposed to stories of ‘get that bikini body’. My opinion is, if the only reason you want to lose weight is to fit into the LBD or to look sexy at the Christmas party, then surely you know the weight will creep straight back on come New Year (regardless of what resolutions you may have made).

I agree that yo-yo dieting is not the way to go, but it is a story of a woman who has struggled with her weight her entire life, and, like me, when she does well, she loses stacks of weight and looks and probably feels so much healthier for it. It is the complete lifestyle overhaul that is the difficult part and losing weight at a sustainable rate. I was glad to read the article mentioning health problems in the high risk category, ‘such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and heart issues’; also how it mentioned recognition of your circumstances and what you are at risk of, while continuing on the path of obesity.

The conclusion of the article brought home the fact that, although appearance does improve with weight loss (French mentions how with weight loss,she thinks she doesn’t look good slim), Dawn French is ‘aware that it’s important to stay slim for her health and is happier for it’. I can definitely toast to that.

I would like to see many more of these sorts of articles in women’s magazines, rather than the vapid rubbish you see in the majority of them currently. Just think, replace ‘Look good in just 10 days’ or ‘get that bikini body now’ with ‘lose weight for your own well-being’ and ‘Healthy lifestyle is the way to go’ and you’re onto a winner. Granted, they don’t sound as snappy as the former but they promote healthy living in a way that your size 10 dress never can. Shouldn’t that be the whole point of weight loss; to feel happier and healthier?