Should we be striving for the Perfect Body or the Real Body
The media continue to promote the idea of the perfect body, whether it is men looking as ripped as Ronaldo, or women as thin as a cat walk models.
Statistics from the Mental Health Foundation show that in 2019 one in five adults (20%) felt shame, just over one third (34%) felt down or low, and 19% felt disgusted because of their body image.
Our body image is intrinsically linked to our self-esteem. We look in the mirror and either we like what we see, but more often we don’t.
We have a complex relationship between what we perceive our bodies to be and our overall emotional & physical well- being.
By using technology to accurately measure body composition we can inform and educate people about their internal body make up and devise exercise routines to assist them in reaching more reasonable goals linked to a more healthy lifestyle, as many unhealthy dieting and exercise behaviours stem from a distorted body image.
People join gyms because they want to change their bodies, surely we should be in a position the help them achieve this through education and realistic target setting. We can only achieve this if we have accurate information on body composition to start with
Mirror, mirror on the wall I refuse to hear your beck and call, you cannot show the best of me for I am much more than you can see