Rant time: The obsession with being "healthy".

So this isn't common on my blog, but I really want an outlet to rant for a second. It's nothing new, I'm not going to say anything revolutionary, just something I wanted to share because it's been bothering me and on my mind.

Being "healthy" has become an obsession. An obsession to the point where it's not even healthy at all.  What upsets me most is the age group this is affecting. Young girls. I know, I know... this isn't anything new, but the day where we can pin, instagram and blog the "ideal body" over and over and over again, means it becomes ingrained into everyday life. Many of us are social media fiends. Constant exposure to these pictures takes a toll on body image. Especially when you're just growing into your body and becoming aware of your physical changes.

I know too many people who aspire to be something they're not. What pains me is that they are some of the most stunning people I know. Even still, I see them sharing their ideal body type over and over again. The problem is, it's rarely an ideal body type - it's an unhealthy body type.

Some people are very thin by nature. Others? They will never be a size 0 - the size of their bones doesn't even allow it. But too many girls think there's something wrong with them if they're not, and it's causing so much confusion in their lives. With the digital age, that confusion isn't just shared with friends, but with strangers around the world through numerous social media platforms. We now have countless communities of people who are obsessed with working out excessively and never eating a full meal, just to be model-sized. It's not realistic, and I don't know if they realize it.

It makes me sad to see so many beautiful, young girls falling into this black hole at a time when they're just figuring out who they are and who they want to be. We need more support for a healthy body image. To show girls that most importantly they should be healthy. Not thin. But healthy. And if your goal is to lose weight, do it in an educated way, with a healthy goal in mind. Not everyone is meant to be a size 0. This goal shouldn't even exist.

Be healthy so you can have a long life, a healthy heart, and a healthy mind. That's where it should start, and not with your pant size. Love the body you were given and love who you're meant to be.

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3 comments:

  1. I nodded yes throughout this entire post! I could not agree with you more Kelly. I don't like the unhealthy obsession of being thin that some girls have and are putting out there..for myself but especially for my teenage nieces that definitely see this everyday on all social media sites. I make sure to tell them and even my friends, it's important to be healthy first.

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  2. Hear, hear! Love this Kelly - especially because I'm sitting here finishing off a giant Cadbury bunny while reading it! :) But really, dealing with magazines while growing up was bad enough, I can't imagine having blogs and instagram and pinterest as well. It's so true - the drive to be ultra-thin has been disguised as being 'ultra-healthy'. I'm sorry but a kale smoothie does not a meal make.

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  3. very cute!! :)

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