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What would you trade for the "perfect body"?

So, the daily spark blog posted this article the other day asking if people would be willing to give up a year of their life in return for the perfect body.  16% of women who were normal or underweight answered yes. 

This is more than a bit upsetting. Someone made a really good point in the comments section, they said:

"Too bad people aren't willing to give up poor self esteem, a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy amounts of unhealthy food for a "perfect" body. 'cuz then they'd get to KEEP that year, and likely earn more of 'em... Just sayin' " (I couldn't find the original poster of the quote so I couldn't give credit.)

There really isn't much more to say than that on the subject, it's so true. Some women would have given up graduate degrees, promotions and college degrees with honors for a perfect body. Some reason I doubt men would be willing to make these bargains. Although the pressure on them is getting worse too. This is one of those days when I just want to throw my hands up and say I give up, you win world! It's just such a disappointment. 

Would you be willing to trade these things - or more - for your 'perfect body'?


  1. No I wouldn't trade it because I think happiness isn't just a physical thing but an emotional thing. :) This is a very insightful and deep post that makes me think about weight loss.

  2. No way!! Besides, I don't believe there is a "perfect" body. I think all women, no matter how "perfect" others think their body is, have something that they aren't happy with.

  3. At first, my answer was YES! It's the instant gratification that so many of us, including myself, have not only become acustom but now expect. The truth is exactly what that reply says. Great post!!! Great thoughts.

  4. I think I'd need to consider what that one year holds, as it really depends on individuals. For some it is really worth it, but sometimes, another question that often sprouts out is not the time alone, but health. You'd be even more surprised how many people (especially girls) are willing to trade their health for that perfect body!

  5. Yes. I would. I would devour all that badass confidence, in exchange for a year off my life. Because I'll likely be old, forgetful, and senile at 78 AND at 79, so what's difference? Maybe I'll have fond enough memories of my awesome body to break through the alzheimers and I'll smile every day until the end.

    I say that now, but ask me again in 10 or 20 years, when time will likely be something so much more precious then I currently give it credit for.

    Wonderful post. Oh, I'm a new reader by the way. Hi.

  6. since I don't get promotions, I'd give that up.

  7. I'll give up bad eating habits, low self-esteem and low physical activity for a 'perfect body'

    ...In other words, work towards a healthy me. Definitely wouldn't give up a year of my life, thanks.

  8. I'm sorry but yes- I could not make the deal and die tomorrow. I'd rather die happy.


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