The skinny on diets

You know, there's something offensive about the number of ads for slimming centres in the Singaporean newspapers. I mean, I wouldn't criminalise it, but it's just a sad reflection of the mad quest for skinniness in this society. Big White Guy, writing from Hong Kong, notes a similar phenomenon in his city of residence, quoting a South China Morning Post article on a dancer's diet:
Just sit in a bathtub with ice and water. The frigidness will burn up your natural fat to keep warm. At this time, you’re actually shrinking.
Ugh. BWG makes the very valid point that "torturing themselves in ice water will make sense to some women, but no man I know would be willing to try it". Although perhaps that may be due to the male gender's averson to shrinkage...


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