The magazine and book industry especially those that offer self-help to those who are obsessed with their weights are creating a boom in the market. There are lots of varieties of books that promises help through guiding them in achieving that body that they make people to believe as perfect. Well, in a consumer-driven society, what else would you expect, right?
These magazines and self-help diet books are quite helpful and very useful in the surface level. It could give you very interesting and promising step by step instructions in order achieve this or that. It may also seem to offer all the answers to all your questions. But if you delve deeper enough, you will find out that it is really the root of the obsession you are having. It has and still is creating a vicious cycle. First, it shows you that this is the perfect image everyone should have if they want to be praised or tagged as cool. They would show you that the images they put in the pages of their magazines or books is the ideal body image. This creates a whole new kind of attitude in you, when you are, in fact, contented and comfortable with your body. However, after seeing it, because of the attractiveness presented to you, you are being lured. And once inside the trap, you will be in it for the cycle. The people who are behind these are the ones who had set the standard and had made you comply with their standard. You will try everything they tell you to do to reach that high bar they placed above you and when you are now able to reach it, you will slip and try to reach another higher bar which they also set. It can really be controlling if you let yourself be driven and trapped inside that cycle.
Be wise enough. Do not let the pages of the books or magazines control you. Instead, consider them as a sales man who just gives you a lot of options on which to buy. But instead of giving away that cash right away for something he offers you, think first if you really need to have that stuff or not. If you think like this, these self-help guides will really light your way to whatever direction you want to take. It is just about using it right and wisely.