“Beauty on the outside doesn’t reflect how I am on the inside.” Is there truth in this? Yes. But nowadays this statement is used as an excuse not to be healthy, rather than trying to be meaningful in any way.
“40 percent of American adults and nearly 20 percent of adolescents are obese — the highest rates ever recorded for the U.S.” “80% of Americans don’t get enough exercise,” Honestly, I could write this whole thing throwing statistics in your face and hopelessly expect you to change. But scientists have been doing that for years and that hasn’t got anywhere.
We live in a society where a quick option to anything is the norm. Is there something you don’t know? Whip out your phone, Google it, and there’s your answer (assuming it’s from a reliable source). This has absolutely murdered society in every single aspect of life. Meaning, people don’t have the willpower anymore to work hard and burn off fat. People are happy to look at themselves in the mirror every day and accept being overweight. Not only is this from an aesthetic point-of-view bad, you are knowingly hurting yourself and setting yourself up for hurt later in life. “High blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and stroke are not only killing millions of Americans annually.” And the people who are not happy with themselves either shrug it off and find some general quote to back up why they are the way they are (i.e. the first quote above) or “we spend over $20 billion annually on weight loss schemes, from diet books and pills all the way up to last-resort surgeries like lap-bands and liposuction.”
Now if you ask an obese or overweight person, why they are the way they are, they would respond with something like, “I’m not fake and don’t pump myself up with steroids or equivalent.” That’s true. People who get their good image from unnatural ways are no better. But that’s not a good enough excuse to be the way you are. People use celebrities, like Meghan Trainor, to convince themselves that what they are doing is right, (by the way, she’s lost a lot of weight, you cant use her anymore.) There are people out there who have a legitimate and valid excuse for being obese, such as people who have lost limbs. But does that account for the entire percentage of people who are obese or overweight? Do most people have a perfectly valid excuse for being that way? No.
Now you’re thinking, how does this guy know what he’s talking about? Very simple, I was obese my entire life. My entire life was populated by doctors and yes men who just acted nice and threw statistics to my face. Then one day I just looked at myself in the mirror and wanted to change. That’s all it takes. It was incredibly hard. I limited my calorie count to 1200 calories a day, (believe me, it’s not a lot) and started exercising more. It took me about a year to go from 200lbs to 150lbs. As more years passed, I exercised and weightlifted harder, gaining muscle mass. I am around 180lbs now. When this happens, you can increase your calorie count. I learned how to work hard and let nothing stand in my way. The effort required to lose obesity is a lot. But the rewards and lessons you gain are invaluable.
But let’s think about this. “Beauty on the outside doesn’t reflect how I am on the inside.” I just told you a story where my determination helped me lose weight and not be fat. My personality (my inner self) changed how I am on the outside. Your body is used for self-expression: clothes, piercings, tattoos etc. Who you are on the outside reflects how you are more than you think. If people realized this, then people would realize the importance of a healthy body, and in turn a better life.