I remember this woman saying that she’d decided not to breast-feed because she didn’t want her breasts to sag. Breast-feeding, as well as vaginal birth, have been determined to be key aspects of establishing natural immunity in a newborn. Can you imagine making a decision that might negatively impact your baby’s health for his or her entire life—based on vanity?
My world was the fashion world, and there’s no place more rife with beauty-motivated self-sabotage and suffering. I worked with models who skipped meals and took dangerous weight loss drugs they “had no choice” but to take. I was surrounded by women who were covered head to toe in toxic personal care products and teetered on high heels that ruined their feet, knees, and backs, all for beauty’s sake.
And though this superficially driven world was the ultimate place for me to hone my professional makeup artistry, it was also fertile ground for my eating disorder to thrive—which even my best makeup and hair tricks could eventually no longer hide. My own desperate measures for slimness not only led to a nearly deadly relationship with food, but also to a health crisis that forced me to wake up and find another way to live.
Beauty Self-Sabotage On the Rise
The average woman may not wear stiletto heels every day, have silicone implants, or keep regular Botox appointments (although plastic surgery among the masses is on the rise), but eating disorders and experimental prescription drug use are increasing. Everyday women and even teens—like never before—are using drugs for everything from growing longer eye lashes to weight loss.
Trading Slimness for Malnutrition and Addiction
Back in my eating disorder days, I once used amphetamines for a stretch, to control my appetite. Luckily for me, teachers and my mother intervened. Amphetamines were considered dangerous and addictive controlled drugs.
Today, the use of addictive prescription amphetamines for weight loss has become frighteningly commonplace. The trend for using Adderall for weight loss—a drug I’ve personally seen nearly destroy the lives of the women I know who have used it—is truly disturbing. No studies exist to confirm its long-term safety for the thousands of teens and adults now using it for “off label” weight loss purposes. Two of the adult women I know well who were on the drug described themselves as having been “trapped” by it, to the point where they could no longer function without it. Its addictive nature in higher doses (the “weight loss” doses) is well known. Fortunately, they both finally turned to sophisticated nutritional strategies, including my Total Transformation program, which transformed them into naturally mood-, energy-, and weight-stable people.
The draw toward drastic measures doesn’t stop at Adderall. There are those who seek out hormone injections, starvation diets, and even gastric surgery. They, too, are too often trapped in the “what now” phase of consequences no one told them about.
As someone who nearly succeeded at killing myself for beauty, I can relate. Had I not personally let go of my own deadly self-sabotage for beauty, I might never have known my true beauty, and might not have lived to tell the tale of how I cleaned up my act.
Could You Be a Victim of Beauty Self-sabotage? Take this Quiz!
Are you or your friends guinea pigs for beauty? Do you clamor for the latest dangerous promise? Which of these statements can you or your friends relate to?
Continuing to apply and ingest toxic chemicals from head to toe in the name of beauty must stop. If you checked any of the items above, it’s time to get informed and learn about healthier alternatives.