Society's Obsession With Health Is Unhealthy, Physical Health Is Not Worth The Sacrifice Of Mental Sanity
Health and Wellness

Society's Obsession With Health Is Unhealthy, Physical Health Is Not Worth The Sacrifice Of Mental Sanity

I love myself the way I am, and I don't want to change that.


Over the past few years, there has obviously been a societal push for fitness. It's trendy to be in shape and be on some fancy diet. All anyone sees in the Discover tab on Instagram is pictures of people at the gym or at the beach looking way better than the average person.

I can totally understand why so many people want to be in shape and eat well. There's nothing wrong with that at all!

However, there is too much pressure on people who haven't made that choice for themselves at this time to go ahead and start a fitness journey completely unprepared.

I have been considering repurchasing a Fitbit over the past couple of weeks. I haven't had one for a couple of years, but I really liked the one I had.

As a college student supposedly living the best years of my life (I use supposedly lightly because I really have enjoyed my freshman year of college so far), I feel forced to work toward the best body of my life. However, the logistics of getting in shape are very difficult at this point in my life.

I'm battling a health condition that makes me super tired and makes me carry a little extra weight. I'm also under the most stress I've ever experienced. I'm also living in a dorm where every food in the dining hall is fried in oil or has more calories than it should.

If I'm being honest, I'm pretty happy with my life right now.

Sure, my body isn't as muscular or toned as it was in high school, but I'm getting such amazing opportunities and experiences through college that I don't really care.

It's just that I feel like I should care.

I should care that I'm not in the gym every day. I should care that it's really hard to diet in the dining hall. Or at least, society wants me to think I should care.

I think I should buy another Fitbit not because I need one, but because I feel like I have to hop on the bandwagon and be fit like everyone else.

Health is extremely important, don't get me wrong.

I really do want to be in shape and get my health under control. I may still order a Fitbit in the next few weeks. However, I just don't think that the pressure to be skinny or muscular should be consuming every second of anyone's life. A fit body just is not worth my sanity.

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