The Faux Actuality Of Health Influencers / Celebrities – Instagram VS Actuality


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  1. Over-exercising and orthorexia may present to others as healthy but they're anything but healthy. They damage your body in ways that might not be visible on the outside. Looking fit and healthy and actually being fit and healthy isn't always the same thing. Also, it neglects to take into consideration that mental health matters. The constant weight of what you think your body "should" look like versus the way it actually looks is heavy. So much of it is simply the perception of others on our bodies. We need to decenter the opinion of others in so many areas of our lives.

  2. for weight trainging there are typically two approaches people take. bulking and cutting.
    during a bulk the goal is to build as much muscle as possible. this means heavy strength training on big muscle groups like pecs gluts biceps and eating MORE calories than you need to maintain weight. otherwise you can't gain muscle. men tend towards this approach.
    cutting is when you try to lose "excess" fat. so you need to be in caloric deficit to lose weight and during this time smaller more stamina focused muscles get the attention like the back and core. women tend toward this.
    for body builders and models they have to do both in phases to get the desired look of being both big and bulky while being supper lean and chisled. if you only bulk you get large and beffy but not chisled. if you only cut you are lean but will never have big "pretty" muscles like pecs or gluts.

  3. I was dealing with an ED the same time my dad was at his heaviest. I had the body society tells women they should have while my Dad had the kind of body everyone says is unhealthy, cruising for a heart attack. Yet, my Dad was much healthier than I was. He ate good foods, walked for exercise, and when he found out he had sleep apnea and got a CPap machine, he lost a lot of weight. He had a perfect bill of health. I had palpitations, low energy, amenorrhea, insomnia and got injured all the time. Looks are deceiving. We have to remember that the fitness industry is there to make money so they give you unattainable images in order to sell you the “solution” to your “less-than-perfect” 🙄 body. It’s so messed up. But videos like this help! Thank you!

  4. I've always been very apprehensive about going to a gym and getting into fitness – I already suffer from body dysmorphia and EDs and I feel as though as soon as I start on that journey of 'fitness' in that setting I will spiral and end up going down the route of harming myself through bodybuilding and wanting to appear similar to those who spend a lot of their life in a gym. Being fit is great but I do believe it can become just as damaging as anorexic tendencies and other forms of EDs that stem from body dysmorphia. Photoshoots that put the models through these extremes are, in my opinion, on the same level as fashion models such as Victoria's Secret and catwalks. The best thing for me is to stay away from a gym, focus on my diet and try and do exercises at home that is somewhat fun (as fun as exercising can be anyway!). From my experience, a lot of the 'fitness' industry really does not take into consideration the damaging effects that working out can have on those who already suffer from mental health issues and although yes it can benefit your mental health, it can also be detrimental to it and there is somewhat of a fine line that does not get discussed.


  6. This problem is actually wayyyyy worse in the fitness industry than in the modelling one, (i have many friends who *work in both and even done studies so i'm speaking on facts) and it disgusts me SO MUCH that they're giving the excuse of "no i'm just healthy" and make this seem as if it was a normal healthy way of living but guys almost all of your gym bros have MAJOR eating disorers and you need to realise that, eating disorders doesn't only mean not eating at all or binging

  7. You said you dont expect a gym person to have an ED: i saw a british program where british celebs tried eating junkfood for 3 or 4 weeks(?) to show the effects of it and one of the celebs was a guy obsessed with fitness and clean eating. He was so afraid of eating a bit of junkfood and he would cry trying a pizza. I dont remember his name because i ain't british 😆 I also saw a short documentary about 'fitgirls' and 'gymboys' so obsessed with clean eating that they actualy miss out on a variety of nutrients.

  8. It's like pregnancy shoots, sooooo many are regular models with padding 'fake bumps'. It's pretty common and a few people have spoken out about it. It's pretty mind-blowing but just one of those everyday ways that industries create shady marketing materials/ perpetuate unrealistic beauty standards.

  9. People, beauty standards are meant to be unattainable! How else would the beauty industry make money out of healthy, happy and content individuals? For those people nothing can be marketed and sold, they are not customers!

  10. Ugh people need to stop lying so much. No one has to be perfect and if you don’t like someone’s appearance don’t f’n look it’s that easy- you might think women and some men are flattered by someone ogling them but let me just say…. I certainly don’t… and not that anyone does but I’ve experienced it, we all have. We all just want to put our best foot forward and feel good during the day, it’s not about impressing anyone.

  11. This reminds me of the movie I’m Gonna Git You Sucka where Jack takes Cherry home and finds out all her parts are fake, lol. That was a really funny movie, I should watch it again.

  12. Dr ajakaja you are a life saver on YouTube. thank you for saving me & my husband from herpes virus. with your powerful herbal remedies.from today I believe in natural.

  13. For me, the worst part of this is the lie that these warped, dehydrated, half-starved bodies are the 'peak of fitness' when in reality the models are at their weakest and most unhealthy when these photos are taken. I think this might tie into the whole trend of selling 'wellness'. A 'fitness plan' is more marketable than a 'diet plan' these days, but realistically they're two sides of the same coin: unobtainable beauty standards.

  14. I've had a friend for years ago is high up in an international marketing firm and heads up major company promotions. Over time, she has shown me so many of the tricks of the trade and I have even gone into the offices to meet her for lunch and she's shown me things. I also worked on a medical team at a private clinic that dealt with eating disorders – we would see the same social media fitness and beauty influencers over and over again. Many claiming that they had dealt with their ED and selling their story while they were still arguing with us in clinic about not eating and their 17.5 BMI. Some is shameful because so many young girls and boys think it is normal to look very underweight.

  15. Cut! Usually body builders do 2 phases, bulk and cut. Bulk is when you're eating a lot and trying to put on muscle. When you gain weight, you will always gain both muscle and fat (the ratio that you gain those depends on how you put that weight on) so then once you've done that, you do a cut. Cut also can talk about having really good muscle definition (same as shredded). But in terms of finishing a cut, he will mean that he's on the fat loss part of the cycle. Again whenever you lose weigh you will always lose both fat and muscle, the calories are much lower than during a bulk and they're doing their best to retain as much lean muscle as possible while losing fat to make the muscles stand out. Muscles can never show well when you have a lot of subcutaneous fat (the layer of fat everyone has just under the skin)

  16. I remember watching a podcast with Cassie from Blogilates and Lisa from Quest (unfortunately I can't remember the name!) and they had a trainer with them who used to do bikini contests. Cassie had done one in the past too and they were talking about the awful conditions they had to live in for months to even compete, and they wound up with metabolic damage. It's a risk and a pretty common result for anyone who spends a lot of time doing these insane plans to get "perfect" for a competition or photoshoot, and it can take a hell of a long time to reverse. Imagine spending all that time literally breaking your body to gain "perfection", and then the photographer and people using the shoot still see your pictures as imperfect, changing the shape of muscles and body parts until you're unrecognisable. The fitness modelling industry is just so harmful to the health of the models and of anyone who sees those pictures and aspires to be in that near impossible shape.

  17. Thank you!! At the fittest I've ever been, I was my heaviest. I could squat nearly 3x body weight, I could run and run without being out of breath. I had a healthy body fat %, ideal to remain at my best. My trainer was great about monitoring my diet, and his ethos was "strong, not strong-looking".

    Compliments on my appearance completely dried up. I realised nobody knows what fit and strong actually looks like. I was at my physical peak, and people thought I'd let myself go– they were dropping hints about needing to lose weight!

    Then I had to start medication which makes me constantly thirsty and ruins my appetite. I've lost so much weight, my hipbones stick out. You can see my muscle definition because I'm dehydrated all the time. I'm constantly low-grade ill, too weak to train. But I look "fit and toned" since I started with a lot of muscle mass. Guess who gets a lot of compliments on my appearance? People have gone so far as to express envy for my medical condition (!!!).

    Really gives the lie to "it's about looking strong and healthy".

  18. What i've realized is that fitness influencers do sell the idea of strength and being fit + healthy but in reality its just aesthetics. Those big muscles looking so cut is usually a result of dehydration and starvation which makes you really weak and cranky and completely opposite of what you are trying to sell. Strong and healthy people don't really look like that, I saw an interesting comparison post of the big guy in Moana and why he doesn't look what we know as strong. Apparently it was the depiction of what actual warriors looked like in the tribe Moana is based off. Strong and healthy is completely different to being cut and lean on an image and I hope the fitness industry starts to change for the better.


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