Body Image and Health


Staff Writer

Body Image and Health...Shelby Jehle

There is not one day that goes by that body image is not discussed. Good or bad, it is always a topic that you will hear about. At this point in time I am very frustrated with how some people are looking at men and women’s bodies. No matter what size you are you do not deserve the harsh judgment that people give, when in reality, they probably are not even happy with their own body.


Recently I have heard guest speakers discuss health and nutrition. This angered me in the strongest way. What I got from this lecture was the ever famous “you need to have balance” and “you do not have to kill yourself in order to be healthy”. While I agree with these statements I also felt lied to. Some of the balance that was discussed was not balance at all. We were told that it is completely fine to eat what you want or go to the movies and get popcorn, soda, and candy… sounds great right… NO! The catch is that you only go maybe three times a year. How not normal is that? We are told we can do normal things and still be healthy but then in the fine print it is “as long as you only go a few times a year and then work it off the next day”. To me that is ridiculous and completely unhelpful.


I am a big believer in the statement you only live once and do what makes you happy. I understand that being healthy is important and contributes to happiness, but I do not personally know a single person that is willing to only eat unhealthy 20% of the time and be health nuts 80% of the time. That is what was discussed and I do not believe that is fair or balanced at all. If you are the kind of person that can live like that great, but most cannot. People like to go to the movies or get McDonalds and KFC for lunch and not feel bad about themselves.


Another issue that has come to my attention is businesses judging men and women on their bodies and how they should be. The old owner or Abercrombie & Fitch Mike Jeffries made a statement in an interview saying “He doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store, he wants thin and beautiful people,” Lewis said. “He doesn’t want his core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the ‘cool kids.’” These kind of people are the reason for so many self-esteem issues, disorders, and suicides. What kind of person says things like this, especially in public? Now-a-days, having a body, having a butt is good and even celebrated. Companies like Abercrombie and Brandy Melville that only make clothes for small bodies no higher than a size medium, and live by the slogan “one size fits all” is not a place I would want to shop at. How dare a company tell people with curves that they do not belong there. At this point in time with all the discrimination we have overcome I find it sad that we still fight against a figure. Who cares if you are skinny model status or if you have a shape, no matter which you are you and should be respected and judged by what comes out of your mouth not what you put in it.


Body Image is a huge deal. People are never satisfied with themselves and it is because of companies like this and they hear people speak about how they should live their life, and then become self-conscious. That is no way to live! I personally am not a tiny person I am in between and hearing how my eating habits are bad just to help promote your gym angers me. I go to the gym regularly as do a lot of people and it is not fair for someone who lives and breathes health to come in and give suggestions on how I should live my life when they do not even know me. Let people live their lives and if they want to make a change then they can, but everyone is special and everyone has their own body type as cheesy as that sounds, and nobody should be judged or told how they should be living, or whether or not they are allowed to shop in a certain place.


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