While browsing through social media, I have come to a conclusion. Our society is extremely vapid regarding what actually matters in a person. We have always been prideful on our physical appearance and have strived toward “perfection,” yet it doesn’t exist and creates a struggle to reach an unattainable goal.
I know men also struggle with body issues. However, as a female, I’m going to speak on what I have personally felt because that’s all I know. In no way am I discrediting the pressure men feel to have the perfect body and look. This is just a female’s perspective on the issue.
As a former model, I know the pressures all too well. The desire to have the measurements of 34-24-34 still bothers me, and if I let this get the better of me the obsession will begin.
Counting calories, working out daily for two or more hours straight, constantly weighing myself and mentally punishing myself after eating carbs or sweets will begin to control me. When this habit starts to occur, I have to begin having a deep talk with myself to prevent letting the obsession win.
Many people aren’t this extreme, but some are more so. Anorexia and bulimia are prevalent among younger people, as well as my own generation. Taking dietary pills, medications and substances which curb appetite have become the norm and acceptable in certain circles.
Working out and eating healthy, nourishing foods are important to the way one feels and their overall health. The endorphins released from a good run or jog mentally lifts the spirits, and I generally feel better after a healthy workout. Nothing is ever wrong with drinking more water and cutting out excess sugar. Working out, meditation, getting enough sleep and consuming more water is wonderful and helps one live their best life.
However, as a society, we have taken this to an extreme. Bodies grow old, wrinkles occur, hair turns gray and the physical body begins showing signs of aging in countless ways. It is unavoidable, yet once again we strive for that certain level of youthful “perfection.”
I feel my generation and society, in general, have forgotten that what people put on social media is the best version of themselves and their lives. The individuals seen in magazines are helped by hair and make-up artists, stylists and the magic of Photoshop. The majority of individuals seen on the runway are young girls in their teens or very early 20s who have naturally thin bodies and may be using unhealthy tactics to be even thinner since it is their job, but most of their careers will end as their bodies begin aging.
Why do we tend to only judge our worth on our physical appearance? Why do we compare ourselves to all of these other individuals? We must realize there is no such thing as “perfection” besides being the healthiest, happiest and most comfortable version of ourselves, creating the perfectly unique you.
Standard reporter Atlanta Northcutt can be reached at 473-2191.