More on bodies

Obviously, as a woman who has struggled with her body, I am concerned with female issues of irrational cultural body standards. At the same time, I need not lose sight of male body image grappling; several of my peers in treatment were male. As a society, we are plied with images of the perfect body. For females, it is typically ultra-thin with wonderful cheekbones and flawless hair. Men have their own crosses to bear; they often seek a muscular physique and chiseled jawline. And NO ONE (male or female) wants fat on their bodies; how often do we see diet ads in magazines or on TV. I worked at a store dedicated to bodies, went to school to be a personal trainer, and am a stickler about health. I am basically dedicated to health and well-being through nutrition and exercise; however, I know well of the pitfalls and extremes to which this can be taken. You men do not need to have the body of a 20-year-old at age 40. That is NOT to say let yourself go and not take pride in your appearance, but (men AND women) if you have some extra cushion; it’s not going to KILL you! I am super healthy and I have fat on my butt! One need to not starve or try fad diets to simply conform to what they think they should be. Health is not only how you look, but how you feel, too.

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