article. According to this book "the way we marry is who we are". And I would like to think as a society we are better than expecting young women who are getting married to completely change themselves in many ways in order to make a commitment of love and unity, and to celebrate the merging of two families. This book makes the argument that modern brides freaking out about losing large amounts of weight is related to the much older traditions of bridal fasting(which can be found in several different religions and cultures), and cleansing, including the Jewish mikveh.
A woman simply has to change her facebook status to "engaged" to get only ads related to losing weight for a year. I am so used to these ads, that once when Scott was logged into facebook I noticed that he had no ads for losing weight, and I was shocked. I am told it is worse when you change your status to "married" and all the ads basically say "have a kid, have a kid, did you have kids yet?"
In this book the author specifically made the choice not to go on a bridal diet, and one of her friends who was already very skinny said that she felt like people expected her to be a on crazy diet, and she thought she would engage in one. Of course, this is the woman's own choice, and the article states that "Such women, who are often already predisposed to developing an eating disorder, may be pushed over the edge by the stress of their impending wedding day, Sacker says."
Although the article states that most of the women who want to lose weight only end up losing about 7 lbs. and do so in a healthy way by eating fruits and vegetables, I really disagree with the expectation that women should be crazy about their weddings in general. The article also states that "dramatic weight loss and malnutrition can reduce levels of serotonin in the brain, a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of happiness and well-being, while increasing levels of other chemicals that increase stress", which seems unfortunate because it is supposed to be a joyous time in one's life.
"One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding" makes the point that in other times in history the wedding marked a huge change in the lives of the newlyweds, but now many people are mature adults in many ways by the time they get engaged, and so as a society we make planning weddings very stressful to test the couple. One bride interviewed in the book said "If we can get through this we can get through anything".
But why should it possibly be such a miserable process? The woman who was good enough to get proposed to is not the woman who is good enough to walk down the aisle? There was a woman next to me at the salon where I got my bridal hair and makeup trial who said that she had only eaten celery for two months, and she was going crazy about her videographer. I am sure that only eating celery for two months does not help keeping track of a million little details.
Of course it is important to be healthy, but I say if your betrothed really loves you, they'll still say "I do" after you load up on burritos and chips at your Bachelorette party. And I am sure the millions of couples getting married every year will be much happier if they focus on the inner changes of the process of actually becoming married rather than trying to change themselves to resemble models in bridal magazines.