Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 20 year-old daughter Katherine has written a new book for teens, to help them deal with body image issues. The problem is, at 5ft 8ins tall and only a size 6, Katherine Schwarzenegger admits she was in a ‘friendly competition’ with her best friend for years – to keep their weight below 100 lbs – but still says she had no problems with body image. A fact that sounds similar to what many young girls with anorexia or bulemia believe.
With this statement and no effort to say what she did was unhealthy, Katherine Schwarzenegger may not exactly be the best role model for teaching young girls about a ‘good body image’, regardless that her new book says she is.
Katherine Schwarzenegger is Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver’s oldest daughter and oldest child. At age 20 and a junior at university, she’s just beginning to make her appearance in the limelight, after she and her three siblings have been kept very much out of the public eye growing up; a good move on Arnold and Maria’s part.
However, growing up in California with its obsession towards extreme thinness and looks being more important than substance and what you actually do with your life, it’s not difficult to see why Katherine Schwarzenegger seems to have grown up with the same ideals. Extremely thin is “healthy” (yes, in some circumstances but no, in others) and beauty is nice, but it shouldn’t be the driving force for any teen girl or young adult, not if they actually want to be healthy and happy. And books like Katherine Schwarzenegger’s don’t not exactly help.
Coming from the Schwarzenegger family though, that Katherine Schwarzenegger thinks what she did and how she now eats and exercises is healthy, probably isn’t that surprising.
According to USA Today, both her parents, Marie Schriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger, work out twice a day for upwards of one and a half to two hours. Katherine admits she does the same and eats very healthy food, with an occasional cookie thrown in. You only have to look at her mother, Maria Shriver, to see how emaciated she looks with this extreme lifestyle, a fact that Katherine Schwarzenegger herself should have probably addressed before attempting to give advice to American teens.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with eating healthy food and exercising……..when it’s a natural addition of an already filled life. But when you’re working out two hours a day and obsessing over healthy food, that’s just as unhealthy as being 200 lbs and surviving off junk food. A happy medium works in all lifestyles.
In fact, it’s a pity Katherine Schwarzenegger didn’t tone down her ideas about ‘body image’ and ‘health’ before she wrote her book. Looking at her photograph (she is a beautiful young woman) and reading what she says is a ‘healthy lifestyle’ is likely to only make more American teenage girls even more unhappy with their body and their warped body image. Schwarzenegger would have been better writing a book and admitting she was unhealthy in her teen years (competing with a friend to remain under 100 lbs) instead of saying her behavior was “friendly competition” and nothing more.
Katherine Schwarzenegger’s book is called ‘RockWhat You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty From Someone Who’s Been There and Back“, and will be released on Tuesday.