Zero, a digit that has been haunting women all over the world for centuries now. And no I don’t mean it in the bank corrupt way but in terms of weight. Zero size is a dream every girl dreams of achieving and many don’t. It is sad how many young girls each year get stung by this bug and become ill and sometimes it has known to be life threatening as well. A question many ask and the answer most don’t know; what really is zero size? Size zero is an American clothes size. The measurements vary from store to store but typically would be about a 31 inch bust, 24 inch waist and 33 inch hips. In UK sizes this would be a standard size 6. Size 0 is the smallest US size available apart from a size 00 which is 1 inch smaller (equivalent of a UK size 4 – measurements 30-23-32).

Media has given the un-needed hype to zero size which has direct impact on the common people in the society. Boys wish to with women just like Angelina Jolie or Kareena Kapoor. Recently this bug reached Pakistan because our neighboring country actresses have also started to attain the impossible; to become zero size. Many like Shilpa Shetty and Kareena Kapoor have already become zero size putting direct pressure on our society as we relate more and more by Bollywood than Hollywood. Zero size pressure is one many girls can’t take and hence fall for the deadly disease anorexia nervosa. Anorexia nervosa in layman language is starvation to death but media has given it the fancy name of zero size.

Louise Redknapp, a singer and TV presenter, says of her documentary The Truth about Size Zero, “towards the end I remember thinking? It’s kind of nice to feel your jeans loosening.’ Oh my God, it felt pretty good. It was the first time I could wear skinny jeans and flat shoes and not feel fat. At that point I actually liked my body better, which is frightening. But my face and neck looked gaunt and, anyway, I couldn’t have maintained it. I felt like crap.”

Zero size may be tempting to achieve but it is not healthy and definitely not worth risking your life. Hence try to look for happiness in the things that really matter and always be motivated to live a healthy life than a life under peer pressure and life of living in false fairy tales.

Zero size is not the end of the world and surely it is not the beginning either. Life is all you make of it and your weight is not to be blamed for any failures that come your way. So don’t punish yourself for the crime you didn’t commit.

Comments Off on Zero, a Silent Killer Posted by saher on Monday, June 15th, 2009