Thursday, 30 April 2015
Recently there has been an advertisement for a weight loss product that has caused outrage. 'Protein World' featured a model on their advertisement campaign in a yellow bikini with the message 'Are you beach body ready?' but despite the model looking healthy and her appearance looking great, many have slammed the advert as they believe it could cause more harm than good. The model on the billboards you would think would be looking gaunt, too skinny, unrealistic looking, right? Well no...the model looked healthy, in proportion and genuinely made me have 'feel good' vibes when I saw the advert in question. It made me think the product was probably quite effective and reputable from the model in the picture selling it. All I thought was surely we should be encouraging this type of advertisement...showing a normal person that has a normal body, without looking unwell or like they have starved themself? I think that it is great to see people in adverts that have taken good care of themselves physically rather than showing people that are dangerously over or underweight. Why should we not celebrate the body of someone that has looked after it? I think 'banning' these type of adverts is a poor decision as the only people that will be offended by them are the people that do not appreciate healthy individuals, which in my view is the wrong message to be sending out in a world where there is far too many people that think having an unhealthy mindset is better than seeing someone that has achieved a great body and done well to do so without doing anything drastic or putting their health at risk.
So I have recently been 'barred' from Giving Blood. I have had 2 sessions where I became poorly during the donation process and apparently my body cannot cope with being a blood donor as with some people there is just no explanation for becoming unwell. A nurse reckoned that I may have low blood pressure which could be a factor but I am hoping that one day I will be considered to be allowed to Give Blood again. I am appealing to those out there that are sat there thinking 'perhaps I could donate' or 'why haven't I done that yet?' It is an incredible thing to do and I am sure those that have received blood will know the importance that there was that someone else had Given Blood to help them and it even saves lives. I know if I had a friend or relative that needed blood I would be extremely grateful to anyone that had donated for giving those people the chance of recovering from illness or injury. For more information on how to become a donor (if you are in the UK) please visit www.blood.co.uk.
Ever thought 'I will register to donate my organs...one day'? Well there is no better time to sign up to donate your organs and help someone. If I were sick in a hospital bed waiting and hoping that someone, somewhere out there could be kind enough to donate their organs to me to make me well again, then I would be the most grateful person in the world. I cannot imagine what families and poorly patients must go through waiting for themselves or their relatives to get an organ transplant. I believe that we are put on this world to give back to others and feel strongly that we must do what we can to reach out to those in need as we too will be in need of something one day...even if it is not an organ. Because one of the best things in life is giving others happiness and expecting nothing in return. If you are in the UK and would like to donate an organ please visit www.organdonation.nhs.uk