| by Anna Rita Mazzoli
Biologist and nutritionist
Spring, Summer ...time to go on a diet?!
When the fine weather arrives, combined with the budding of nature in our magnificent countryside, the media starts bombarding us with messages and advice on "how to lose all those awful extra kilos" and "get back your former figure". Today this problem effects a great many people and is a reflection of the lifestyle in the Western world where the individual lives an always more sedentary life in an environment that is surrounded by food and the temptation to eat it. This is a new situation in the long history of man, whose organism has up until now developed accompanied by the continuous uncertainty and precariousness of food resources. Added to this, there has been a study and idealization without precedence of the perfect figure in most Western countries, in particular over the past fifty years. Magazines show photographs of young and very young women who are beautifully slim and fit. Fat is "forbidden", although it is also an essential component of our organisms. In a few words, the ideal model is a physical structure that is biologically impossible for most women to obtain.
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