Thursday, 9 September 2010

Guest Blog: Beauty - A Man's Point of View

My first guest blog post comes to you from the very talented Chris, a budding animator, who has battled with his own body image issues in the past, and wanted to share his thoughts on the way that the media portrays body image in an unhealthy way. Find out more about Chris, and check out his blog / portfolio, right here.

The need to look good is very much a mainstay of the modern world fuelled in part by the media’s obsession with perfect bodies. In a world of lipo-suction and gastric bands there are still people who decide to lose weight and get in shape by exercising. The gastric band is perhaps a more commendable method of losing weight compared with liposuction but these methods of losing weight should only be considered if an individual’s health is in danger. Liposuction just seems like such an easy way to lose weight; it doesn’t teach anyone about the value of healthy living. So what’s to stop them from putting the weight back on?

Weight training is a good way to burn fat and build-up muscle but like any form of exercise it can be taken too far. If you look at American TV shows such as One Tree Hill and 90210 you’ll find that most of the characters have the kind of physique that is more of a rarity in the “real world”. There are people out there who aspire to build these kinds of bodies who will go to any lengths to achieve the perfect look. But they fail to realise that the actors in these TV shows (and films) go through strict training regimes with a personal trainer and have carefully planned diets. Of course supplements might just play a part in there exercise routine.

I’m not saying there is anything wrong with wanting to look good but it should be more down to feeling good. In today’s body conscious world we are bombarded by messages of beauty from TV, adverts and magazines so it’s no wonder we are confused as to what is deemed to be the correct way to lose weight. So for the sake of sanity I think I’ll choose to do what I think is right and ignore the media.

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