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BY: Community Papers of WNY Staff | February 27, 2013

In keeping with a century old tradition of building awareness of good health for women and girls, the YWCA Tonawandas is sponsoring a screening at 7 p.m. Monday, March 11 at the Riviera Theatre, of America the Beautiful 2, The Thin Commandments. In 2008, the YWCA held the Buffalo premiere of Darryl Roberts’ original, film America the Beautiful that attacked the media for creating unrealistic and damaging standards of beauty to women and girls often resulting in bulimia or anorexia.

In America the Beautiful 2, Roberts examines how the diet industry along with some doctors, educators and the government drive Americans to obsess over their weight and dieting without consideration of the health impacts. While Roberts’ approach is humorous and personal, he is extremely serious about the fact that America doesn’t have a weight problem but rather has a health problem. He points to European researchers who have found that you can be fat and fit.

In America the Beautiful 2, the villain is BMI, Body Mass Index. That standard of measurement he asserts is systematically used as a deterrent to being healthy. Schools use it to tell parents their children should lose weight and doctors tell you that because your BMI is too high, you need to lose weight, take pills or undergo surgical procedures. Roberts also shows how the government is complicit due to the dieting and food industries vast influence over public policy on this issue especially in the production of food regulated by the FDA that permits high fructose corn syrup in so many products. Instead obesity is blamed on America’s sedentary life style, junk food and statistics that tell us by 2020, 75% of the population will be obese. These scare tactics play right into the hands of the diet industry. Roberts insists we must accept ourselves for who we are and then become healthy through common sense approaches to balanced meals and exercise.

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