While I'm all for raising awareness towards how society (via media and other avenues) views the "ideal" woman's body vs. how a woman views her own body and all forms of body image issues that come up (eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and the pressure to be thin (often thinner than is healthy for that specific individual), I just think it's highly ironic that THIS is the cause Victoria chose to champion when she has issues telling the truth about her own weight struggles and their causes (which doesn't seem to reflect the very things she's talking about). HOWEVER, despite my well-known antipathy towards Victoria, I do appreciate that she's bringing attention to the situation and that there's not only the outside pressure to be thin, but that there's often a mental-health aspect to it.
The hypocrisy of the situation is stunning. Unless Kelli and Judy and their entire leadership team is ready to STOP telling girls they are too heavy for the uniform (which is already small and just seems to get smaller) and that two girls with VASTLY different body types must weight the same because they're the same height and TRULY focus on nutrition, diet, and fitness as well as making sure the girls are the right weight for their height and body type, then I'm not going to believe the leadership is truly behind the cause. However, I do appreciate that SOMEONE is bringing attention to the cause and possible causes even if I doubt her honesty and actions. I can't even say that her cause is entirely all about her because she probably knows people (and not even the someone on the team) that has had issues with body image and how it relates to the media and/or mental health issues.
I don't know if it's ENTIRELY about herself, though the fact that her weight and the double standards from last season probably factored into it. However, despite the many "causes" or "explanations" she gives for her OWN weight troubles (none of which seem to be due to her own choices), I do applaud that she chose the cause.
I don't see Kelli and Co. actually DOING anything about their own expectations for the girls because they don't see anything wrong with how they treat the girls in terms of their weight, health (mental or physical), or anything else. The girls are all interchangeable (except for Victoria) and if one succumbs to an issue just get another one to take her place. If we saw some long-term, realistic and sustainable change from the leadership team about how they push the girls (and, if what we've heard is true, actually pushing them into eating disorders and other unhealthy habits), THEN I'll believe that they actually learned something, but I doubt it.
No, the girls didn't make it about them, they made it about something that impacted someone close to them which is different. Some people would call that semantics, but I don't. Victoria is the ONLY one who chose something that has directly impacted HER. Even Bridget, with the animal cruelty, chose something that impacted another living being who then touched her life. However, I do applaud her for choosing something that impacts SO many people, both men and women, and bring awareness to the harm that it can do to people. Some people may say that this board has had some impact on the health and wellness of these young women, but who has a bigger impact on them? Kelli, Judy, Kitty and the whole leadership team who hold these girls to nearly unrealistic expectations of weight and body image FAR beyond whatever we could do. Kelli's push to make girls at 22/23 stay the same weight they were at 18 is ridiculous. What's also ridiculous is her insistence that girls with vastly different body shapes (which she often talks about in uniform fittings) must be the same weight as other girls on the team who are her height. If even I, who can only fall back on high school and college biology, anatomy/physiology, and nutrition classes from years ago (and Kelli is even further away from those classes then I unless she either self-studies or consults with medical personnel) can see the problems with that while Kelli can't (or won't), then she is willfully blind to the damage she's creating with these girls.
She did take a lot of heat on social media and, no, Kelli did not cause that. Victoria did. Victoria was supposedly groomed for this her entire life, knew the so-called standards she would be held to and ignored them by either stuffing her face or ignoring what the doctors (either medical or nutritionists) told her to do. Even if she claims she didn't like what the thyroid medicine did to her (and yes, she admitted to that), then she should have gone to her primary care doctor (as nutritionists and/or dieticians can't prescribe medicines as far as I know) and gotten a referral to someone who could help her get the right medicine in the right dosage over a period of time. Kelli tried to help her as much as she could, albeit in the wrong way, and tried to support her. However, Kelli is also the one who is the ringleader for the unhealthy, unrealistic standards for weight she imposes on the girls.
I don't wish any of the body issues and disorders on any of the girls. That is some scary stuff and can cause all sorts of problems. It's also a lot of hard work to overcome and will likely be with them their entire lives if they have to deal with it. I hope that, if ANY of the girls have such issues, that they go to a reputable, reliable person who can help them work through the root causes, help them get away from some of the pressures that can trigger some of the episodes, and frankly, just get away from the DCC.
We've heard too many horror stories about the pressure placed on the girls to stay thin no matter how they get that way. Proper diet and nutrition? Plenty of sleep? Plenty of water? Hah! None of that matters. We've heard of girls starving themselves, doing certain drugs, and ridiculous diets to lose pounds they didn't have to lose just because Kelli thinks they look too soft when they're not.
Victoria should have remained in her assigned spot (maybe even moved up a row) and move the veterans around to fill in spots. Instead, she gets not one, but two prime spots because of who she knows, not what she can do.
I totally agree. Victoria's cause is the only one that she has personally experienced to some degree while the causes the others have championed happened to others and impacts them second-hand. It can certainly read as selfish, but I do really appreciate her choice and the attention it will bring. This is one time that her notoriety, and the scrutiny she's under, will actually do someone other than herself some good because it will bring attention to a worthwhile cause. It might cause someone to actually admit the truth to themselves and to not only get the help they need, but put the work in to make things better for themselves.