Are we becoming too obsessive?

My Facebook is now bombarded with the beautiful people. What I mean by this is how everyone seems so obsessed with ripped abdominals, low body fat percentages, mirror muscles, large breasts, huge biceps, legs and chests, and they all seem to be wearing bikinis, next to nothing in clothing attire, and God forbid budgie smugglers. While I respect the hard work that goes into these bodies, it worries me that we are totally obsessed. Ultimately this can and does affect our health. We see crazy diets, that can mess with our metabolism, low body fat levels that stop woman mensuration, supplementation that prevent eating well and the education about eating well, and a new area of mental health issues when people simply just don’t know how to grow old gracefully. We will get old, we will look old and our bodies will degenerate. As you all know I am a great believer in good nutrition, weight training stretching, and aerobic activity but we need to keep this all in a sensible balance. While anorexia nervosa was never heard of when I was young and then became prevalent in young girls, the statistic now shows that the ratio of this is now on the increase in young males. Keep up the good exercise regimen but be calm people we can carry a small amount of adipose tissue without developing illness. The regime I see on Facebook and the bodies that go along with this regimen does not necessarily link to good health.  A great body is more about getting the balance right and your personality than you think.

By: John Hart

Master’s In Education” (Disability/Rehab) Newcastle University Australia

“Grad Cert Education” Newcastle University Australia

“Diploma Fitness/Recreation”

“Diploma of Sport and Recreation”

“Cert 4 Personal Training”

“Level 1 Strength and Conditioning Coach”

Member of ASCA (Australian Strength and Conditioning Association)

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