Are We Obsessed With Body Image?

So getting back to the thought related to The Real Housewives of Vancouver, and not that I’m implying that any of the main characters on the show have had any cosmetic work done, but it struck me how we truly are an image obsessed society always looking for a quick fix. Physical appearance, specifically being thin, is something that we seem to hold in very high regard. It is also something that could be considered unhealthy, or at least the way that a lot of people go about getting and staying skinny could be seen as unhealthy.

By we of course I mean the collective we. The society we. The rest of us that willingly undertake the hard work involved in order to make a physical transformation that reflects a healthy mind, body and soul, well we are a different animal altogether.

We as a majority believe our outer appearance should be a reflection of our inner state. An inner state that includes a strong mind, and a soul that is being well nourished through enriching experience and interaction with others that share our enthusiasm for life. Of course our physical appearance will be very much defined by our attitude, and work ethic in whatever athletic endeavor we pursue.

That athletic pursuit is also a reflection of a strong mind, and a well fed, enriched soul. We aren’t dragging ourselves to the gym when we’re tired unless we have a mental state that is well grounded, and a great attitude as well. We won’t reap the rewards of our accomplishments unless our soul is open to new experiences either.

As you can see, the complete package really does include all three components of our being working together to make us whole. To make us who we are. Body, mind, and soul becoming a strong person has a lot more value to the world than a thin body does.

Quick fixes are just that. They are quick, and they are a fix. Fix is taking on a few different meanings in this scenario, unfortunately. The way I see it is if we’re serious about building ourselves into the best us that we can be, what’s there to fix? Just take life one day at a time just as we would our training or diet. Take it seriously and there will be nothing in need of fixing. We’ll already be great.

Happy Lifting!

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6 comments for “Are We Obsessed With Body Image?

  1. August 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    I’ll definitely keep writing about topics that deal with health, and methods that can help all of us achieve a healthy lifestyle. Body image and the issues that are tied up in that is definitely a subject that deserves more attention. I sincerely appreciate your input Dennis.

  2. August 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Well said Matt. This is my first time reading your blog and I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this post. Seeing a loved one struggle in the past with an eating disorder makes this post that much more important for people to read. Skinny surely does not equal healthy. People may see skinny individuals as “healthy” but what they don’t see is what is happening behind the scenes. Taking drastic, unhealthy measures to become skinny (and stay skinny) not only kills your body, but it takes your mind and spirit right along with it.

    I always remind myself and others of this: “health and fitness should not run your life, it should simply be part of it!”

    Keep up the good work. Glad I saw this post

    -Dennis

    • August 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      Thank you for your contribution Dennis. That is a sad event to witness, I’m sure. I appreciate you bringing your story here for others to see. While it may not have been you, seeing that happen to a loved one must be painful. It’s through this post, and people like yourself talking about this, that we can make a difference, no matter how small.

      • August 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm

        Perfectly said. It needs to be something people talk about so others start to understand the severity of the situation! Seeing someone go through an eating disorder gives the word “healthy” a whole new meaning. I encourage you to keep talking about this!

  3. August 28, 2012 at 2:33 am

    Fantastic post, Matt! Too often the public equates skinny with fit, having no idea that they’re as opposite as obesity and fitness. Unfortunately we have to separate fitness weightlifters from bodybuilders on the issue of body image too – Muscle Insider magazine published a story this year about bodybuilders having pec, glute & calf implants and ‘ab-etching’ liposuction. It truly is a tragedy when we see people who are otherwise in great shape letting their egos take them down that path. Congrats on tackling such a contentious topic, and for keeping it real on your own fitness path!

    • August 28, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Skinny definitely does not equal fit. Non gym folk draw that conclusion regularly. Health outweighs appearance every time. Thanks for your support on this subject Doug!

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