As fitness writers, advisors and trainers I believe it is our responsibility to promote what is a positive body image for all. I must admit that I have never met too many people who are satisfied with their current body shape or appearance. While many readers will be body builders and figure entrants there are also many who just want to feel strong, be healthy and lose body fat. It is too easy to fall into the trap of never ever reaching your goals. This can (in some cases) lead to people becoming Bulimic and Anorexic without even recognising the signs. I have seen many who resort to breast implants, dental work and cosmetic surgery in the search to be accepted, stay forever young (which is totally impossible) and lose sight of what health and wellness is about. Sadly most of these people have low self-esteem and will never be happy with the way they look. While it is important to stay at a reasonable weight what most people like about an individual and what society truly values, is: a good sense of humour, a love for life, a person who is kind and does good things for others, someone who doesn’t big note themselves, and always has a big smile. You will hear these people contradict themselves while pretending to promote a healthy way of living they end up putting foreign material in their bodies and truly risk serious health issues. The human body has a way of rejecting implants and many become ill all in the name of health/beauty. It’s quite Ironic really. An examination of the possible dangers of breast implants includes: deflation and rupture of the breast implant augmentation, some completely deflate, capsular contracture this is where scar tissue around the implant and can cause discomfort severe pain and the implant can move which may require more invasive surgery and possible removal, postoperative hermatoma and seroma may lead to infection and if a large hermatomas and seromas occur, the person involved will need to have surgical drains for proper healing to occur. Along with these conditions the person may receive an infection which is more difficult for those with implants to recover from. If you know someone with body image issues try the following to assist them, for those with low self-esteem find activities that will highlight their skills offering encouragement and praise when these small accomplishments occur, start looking at images that show fuller figure woman and men who have a range of shapes, if it is a teenage start cooking healthy meals together, leave articles around that discuss body image and start training with your son and daughter at the gym, talk with a qualified nutritionist and attend some sessions together, talk to people about what really matters in relation to why people like others, in most cases it isn’t their body shape it’s their personality. While it is true we are initially attracted to the man or woman with a great look, many of us realize that those who are beautiful soon become ugly with a bad attitude or personality and those who we may not be initially attracted to become unbelievably beautiful as we learn more about their wonderful full of life personality. So if you are a personal trainer, exercise physiologist, sports trainer or physiotherapist ensure you talk to your clients about their positive features and don’t become too pedantic about the perfect look. Good exercise and living in a healthy weight range while eating from all the foods groups will also promote good mental health.
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