The Before & After

posted on August 31, 2018

Before and after pictures.

I see a 100 of these every day on my explore feed. Typically, the person ‘on the left’ is under-eating and punishing themselves with cardio to achieve a lean body. The new person ‘on the right’ is eating plenty of calories per day and is showing off their muscular bottom as a result of weight training. The captions of these posts are usually focussed on how much more comfortable they feel with their body, in the name of #bodypositivity.


But hold on a minute… hasn’t the beauty standard that’s been set by the media changed? The lyrics to the songs we listen to are all about having a ‘pHaT aSs’, the celebrities we look up to all have massive bottoms and there is a hysterical ‘ass culture’ being thrust upon us from all angles. No longer is it ‘cool’ to be as skinny as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera… now days, we have Nicki Minaj, Beyonce, Cardi B, Iggy Azalea.


So, does our ‘picture on the right’ show how we’ve recovered from a place of punishment in our diet and training regimes? Or does it show that we are still punishing ourselves by eating and exercising in a certain way to achieve the look which now being celebrated by the media in 2018?


Now, if somebody has got themselves into a healthier state as a result of improving their diet and exercise, then that is an absolutely amazing achievement. It’s astounding how many people simply do not take action for their ENTIRE lives, and sadly, it’s these people who end up with health problems in later life. AND… I appreciate that not every story can be put under one umbrella. Plenty of these posts do actually come from people who have been in very low places with their health and have now built a strong and healthy body, and I think that’s a wonderful thing!


BUT if diet and exercise regimes are obsessive, and are stimulated from negative thoughts around body image… surely this isn’t #bodypositivity?