Take a look at the cover models on popular fitness magazines: Shape, Women’s Health, etc…. Are these women what we consider “healthy”?
What does it mean when we start associating these images with words meant to be body-positive, such as “health”, “fitness”, and “strength”?
There’s no doubt that societal expectations are changing. After all, “Strong is the new sexy.”
But how could this new, seemingly empowering ideal become harmful? Check out this documentary, featuring the Ithaca College women soccer team, to hear from the athlete’s point of view how their body image, self esteem, and overall mental health are affected in modern society.
Original video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXsAsYBBDVk#action=share.