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I am a fan of life. I love yoga, Indian food, surprises, keeping busy, friends, family, and strangers. I am forever a student, learning always, because that is simply the way I like it.
The internet is dangerous. I follow many “fitness” accounts on Instagram, mostly mid 20’s women and (this makes me sad) most of what I see are these women starving themselves, contradicting themselves, harming themselves, and in turn influencing thousands of people to do the same. Does no one understand what health is? Okay, okay, there are a few genuine ones that I follow and gain insight from. But all of the accounts I follow, I follow to see tips and recipes, work out routines, etc. Not for the thinspo spam, not for the body shaming, and not for the constant and infuriating stream of pointless complaints about eating too much peanut butter or the terror of gaining one pound.
I just don’t understand, I guess. I have a body, my body is a part of me, and I want to take care of it. But my body image, how much I weigh, or how pronounced my hip bones/abs/collar bones are is not what is of the utmost importance in my life. To be perfectly frank, I want people to like me for my mind, not how skinny they think I am.
Anyway, back to the point, because this isn’t about me. The value in preaching and teaching healthy habits is totally there, but there is no value in perpetuating images of unhealthy women or of endorsing anorexia or excessive exercise as a means to lose weight. The apparent ‘ideal’ body image is unattainable in a healthy manner, in my opinion. And the main demographic for these accounts it seems, is adolescent girls who have little concept of the true value they possess. It is a terrible influence to put on a vulnerable mind.
I guess in the end it comes down to priorities. What do you care more about? It’s a very personal question, and everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but I just can’t help but feel like I would die if I saw my (hypothetical, one day, maybe) daughter drooling over these ideals and not loving herself just the way she is. Bodies come in all different shapes and sizes. You may weigh 98 lbs or you may weigh 198 lbs, it doesn’t matter, before you start a fitness journey, you should make the decision to love yourself, the body you have, the mind that you have, and everything else about yourself first. That is where the real importance is. There is no shame in loving yourself regardless of how society labels you.@3 weeks ago