Beauty standards come and go, but I’m willing to bet your vision of an ideal body right now isn’t as healthy as you think.
A person’s perception of fitness develops from complex physiological experiences and psychological feelings. What you see on billboards, television and social media all influence your perceptions of health and fitness. Your upbringing, as well as the cultures you live and work in, also contribute to your perception.
The problem with perception is it’s just that: a thought, belief, judgment, or impression shaped by a variety of factors. People perceive things differently, and that goes for health, too. Just because you grew up thinking a certain body type was fit doesn’t mean it actually is.
Take supermodels, for example. For a long time, despite being unattainable for the average person, extraordinarily slender bodies were touted as an ideal. People thought model-esque bodies were fit bodies, when in reality many models took part in extreme and unhealthy practices like eating cotton balls to stay thin.
This article was originally published on the InBodyUSA blog, a platform that educates readers about body composition and health. To keep reading, see the original post here.
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