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What is ‘Fitspiration’?
“Fitspiration is any image or message that focuses on exercise as a means to attain a physical end. These messages often promote unhealthy and obsessive behaviours along with unattainable physical ideals. This contributes to both negative body image and addictive exercising behaviours.”
The images associated with Fitspiration typically showcase an athlete’s body (sometimes cropping out the head) that is extremely well-toned, tanned, and impossibly perfect. These images do not show a realistic representation of the human body. We believe fitness–like health–comes in all shapes and sizes, and these images do not represent this.
The text associated with Fitspiration include phrases such as:
“Eat Clean. Train Mean. Get Lean.” “Unless you puke, faint, or die, keep going!” and “Strong is the new Skinny.”
How is this different from Thinspo?
Fitspiration masquerades on many occasions as a “healthier” response or “challenge” to images of size 00 models that promote unhealthy weight loss and body ideals. However, Fitspiration is not a better alternative; it does the same thing, only from a different angle. The images still promote a type of body that has been trained (and often over-trained) and digitally altered in a way that makes it an impossible and even unhealthy goal.
Both messages promote unrealistic and unhealthy ideals, both messages contribute to negative body image, and both are equally harmful.
I am an addict. Stating these words still feels surreal, even after all this time. I remember my first meeting: “My name is Regina, I have anorexia nervosa, anorexia athletica, orthorexia and exercise addiction, among other diagnosed psychiatric disorders.” Even though I knew my situation was due to an illness and not a choice I had made, feelings of shame s […]
Exercise is an important part of an overall healthy lifestyle, we can’t deny this. However, more and more our approach to exercise is becoming unhealthy. With the prevalence of “Fitspiration” seemingly everywhere we look, we are morphing our motivations from healthy to obsessive. The post 10 Body Positive Reasons to Exercise appeared first on Libero Magazine […]
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