She May Look Healthy But…Why Fitness Models Aren’t Models of Health

A really interesting look at the other end of the modelling scale to my post on plus sized models (https://thesegirlsdo.com/2015/01/30/weighty-issues-loving-the-skin-youre-in/).

Time to strike the balance and promote health and happiness in fashion, sport and the media!

Fit Is a Feminist Issue

ShayAs our regular readers will know already, both Sam and I prefer athletic values and performance goals to aesthetic goals, even when the aesthetic goals include “looking fit” instead of the old ideal of being stick thin.  It’s not because there isn’t something admirable about looking fit, not even because there is no accomplishment in looking that way. It’s because we distinguish between looking fit and actually being fit. And there’s a real range of body types among those who count as fit and healthy.

One less well known fact is that fitness models and people who compete in the figure category in fitness competitions aren’t actually at the height of healthy when they compete. By the time “game day” comes, they’ve followed a regime that no one recommending a healthy approach to fitness and diet would recommend.  They’ve eaten too few calories for the intensity of workouts they’ve been…

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