Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Sanitized Tape Worms

I found this photo of a hilarious old diet ad on author Abigail Saguy's Facebook page for her remarkable book What's Wrong with Fat:

Think of all the money wasted on diet products throughout modern history.  Think of all the rich women who once bought "sanitized tape worms" from a jar in an effort to maintain their slim figures when all they had to do was donate the money they paid these weight-loss charlatans to a charity that could ship them off to a poor nation where they'd have the honor of acquiring tape worms naturally.

I think modern women can learn a lesson by studying old advertisements.  Quit trying to have a perfect body.  Be who you are.  Use the energy you burn worrying that your body is not good enough and put it to good use helping others.  Give up your expensive diet tricks and give your disposable income to poor people.  Then you will have riches that actually make you feel good about yourself.

Matthew 19:21

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
21 Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell your possessions, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”