By: Sam Marquez
Models, of all kinds, have a huge influence on young minds. Wouldn’t it make sense for these role models to portray a positive healthy image? Not only that, but to practice what they preach.
The age long argument about too thin models is not the only one we should be worrying about these days. Many body positive movements have been a go for a while now. Burning the thought that everybody is beautiful into many young impressionable minds.
While loving yourself is incredibly important, one must take into account if they are healthy.
Meaning not too thin, and not overweight or obese. Especially if your promoting your body as one to strive for.
According to webiteback.com, being anorexic or extremely underweight can take up to 25 years off your life. The possibility for a random act of cardiac arrest is at an all time high. Being underweight can also lead to metabolic damage, a disorder that harm one’s ability to break down chemicals, food, and toxins in the body.
According to timberlineknolls.com here are some other side effects.
- extreme weight loss
- thin appearance
- abnormal blood counts
- elevated liver enzymes
- dizziness or fainting
- brittle nails
- hair that thins, breaks or falls out
- absence of menstruation (amenorrhea)
- development of fine hair on the extremities (lanugo)
- dry skin
- intolerance of cold
- irregular heart rhythms
- low blood pressure
- osteoporosis, the loss of bone calcium, which may result in broken bones
Not something one should be showing off as an ideal form for both young girls and boys.
The importance of a healthy weight, mind and body is so very important to promote because we’re killing ourselves otherwise.
According to umm.edu here are some effects of being overweight/obese.
- High cholesterol (including high triglyceride levels)
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Sleep apnea (episodes when a person stops breathing while asleep)
- Cognitive dysfunction