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If you're thinking about going on a diet, you might want to watch this and reconsider.

Considering going on a diet? Hold that thought and watch this first.

If you're thinking about going on a diet, you might want to watch this and reconsider.

We spend a lot of time thinking about weight.

So much time, in fact, that it's estimated the average woman wastes 355 days of her life — almost one full year — considering her weight and diet.


What else could we do with that time?

Uhhh, a whole lot! I mean, a two-hour nap each week seems like a better use of time, right?

So what's the deal? What does all of this diet obsession really mean?

We get stuck in vicious cycles of body dissatisfaction, weight obsession, and dieting. For some of us, it begins as early as 8 or 9 years old. And you know what's really happening? We're supporting capitalism with a giant, money-making lie that thrives off of our perceived failure.

The cycle is real.


Basically, we get stuck in a loop where we tell ourselves we need to go on a diet, we actually go on the diet, we lose the weight, we go off the diet, our body's all, "FOOD! Thank you!" and then we eventually gain the weight back.

And you know who wins?

Not you! Not me! When we get stuck in a cycle of dieting, the diet, beauty, fashion, and cosmetic surgery industries come out waaayyy ahead in the form of money. And we're just hurting our bodies and our self-esteem.

Listen, nobody is suggesting that we shouldn't make good choices with food and exercise if that's a priority for each of us. But the diet cycle is what's harmful, and that's different.

Watch Melissa talk about how diets hurt you and help capitalism.

She makes great points, doesn't she? It's something to keep in mind next time you find yourself thinking, "I really need to go on a diet."

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

Vanna White appeared on "The Price Is Right" in 1980.

Vanna White has been a household name in the United States for decades, which is kind of hilarious when you consider how she gained her fame and fortune. Since 1982, the former model and actress has made millions walking back and forth turning letters (and later simply touching them—yay technology) on the game show "Wheel of Fortune."

That's it. Walking back and forth in a pretty evening gown, flipping letters and clapping for contestants. More on that job in a minute…

As a member of Gen X, television game shows like "Wheel of Fortune" and "The Price is Right" send me straight back to my childhood. Watching this clip from 1980 of Vanna White competing on "The Price is Right" two years before she started turning letters on "Wheel of Fortune" is like stepping into a time machine. Bob Barker's voice, the theme music, the sound effects—I swear I'm home from school sick, lying on the ugly flowered couch with my mom checking my forehead and bringing me Tang.

This video has it all: the early '80s hairstyles, a fresh-faced Vanna White and Bob Barker's casual sexism that would never in a million years fly today.

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