How to Look Good Naked – Episode Two
I wouldn’t know the first thing about dealing with cancer treatment, but hypothyroidism is something that I am familiar with every day as I take my thyroid replacement. This allowed me to empathize with the latest guest on “How to Look Good Naked”. Radiation therapy for Hodgkin’s disease had left Marlo with hypothyroidism. I know how difficult it is to lose weight* while finding the right dosage to treat the thyroid disorder.
The formula for the show is clear by now – showing women how to love their bodies as they are in the present, not how they might have looked five years ago. The biggest message I have seen is that women (or heck, even MEN) should do a reality check when they don’t like their bodies. Is it society’s perceptions of the ideal female body? Is it a relative’s or friend’s expectations, such as in the first episode? Is it a distorted image of one’s self? It’s almost too bad everyone considering a diet or plastic surgery can’t plaster posters of themselves naked in a very public place and receive some honest and surprising opinions. ;)
Marlo provided an excellent example of learning to love one’s body as it is, as she had been struggling with weight gain thanks to the cancer treatment and hypothyroidism. Maybe she’ll go on to lose weight, maybe she won’t, but she genuinely showed that she felt good naked following her days with Carson Kressley.
*Yes, I lost considerable weight following my type 2 diagnosis due to carb counting and exercise. Yes, I still count carbs and exercise most days of the week to control blood sugar, but I’m not actively losing weight at this time. And well, my BMI still labels me as overweight at 25.5. Take a look at the BMI project over at Shapely Prose. You might be surprised at who else has the label of overweight/obese BMI.