In today’s society of social media and magazines, it can be difficult to steer clear of the overly photoshopped images of celebrities bodies. And while we all secretly love looking at what the latest trends are, we can often put a lot of pressure on ourselves to look a certain way.
Because of these societal pressures, body dysmorphia has become more prevalent among certain generations and many people, famous or not, suffer with this day in, day out. But being surrounded by “perfect” and ideal body shapes and sizes isn’t easy, and we can be quick to want to make changes to ourselves, be them minor or more drastic.
What are some of the latest body goal trends?
Some of the health and fitness trends to come out of the past couple of years have been among the biggest we’ve seen in a long time. With the likes of the Kardashians taking over our TV and phone screens, it’s easy to see why so many long for a tiny waist and curvaceous hips.
There’s no surprise, with how big some of these celebrities are, that many are often accused of paying paparazzi companies to photoshop their images for them before they go to print or be published. Although it may help their own image, it’s doing more damage than good to the millions of women and girls out there who want nothing more than to look like their idols.
How are these “perfect shapes” achieved?
If you’re looking to achieve the “perfect shape”, you may unfortunately be trying for a very long time. Thanks to all the photoshopping seen on social media and across the internet, many people now have unrealistic expectations for their own body. Remember, your body is unique to you and you’ll likely never be able to make it look exactly like your favourite celebrity’s.
Another way people in the media achieve these idealistic shapes is through surgery. If your favourite celeb has all of a sudden transformed into a completely new person as if by magic, you may find they’ve undergone a number of procedures to do so.
Setting unrealistic standards
It’s a shame we’ve got to this point as a society that we idolise the way other people look. In a world where mental health conversations are becoming more prevalent, we should start to include body dysmorphia and how we perceive ourselves in these conversations too.
If you find yourself longing for a different body for aesthetic reasons, it may be wise to dig a little deeper into yourself and look at why you’re unhappy. Reflection is one of the best ways forward and it’s important not to compare yourself to others. However, if you are working on your personal health goals such as weight loss, and you need help to change, it might require a different approach and the support of surgery, but make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons and to benefit your health or self-confidence.
Remember, do this for you, not for what society wants from you.