Instagram has become a mecca for people to flaunt and market their fitness routines and bodies. These accounts are great to get workout ideas, inspiration, and motivation. However, one negative side effect has resulted from these accounts: a false sense of reality and body image.
Anna Victoria is a fitness goddess. Her Instagram is comprised of all sorts of shots that show off her toned and gorgeous body. Recently she posted a photo showing how much angling and lighting can affect your shot. Her goal? To show her followers that her body is not constantly perfectly flexed and toned, nor are most people’s. Even fitness gurus bloat, have tummy rolls when they sit and have thighs that jiggle.
These simple but powerful photos provide relief for followers and boost self-esteem. More importantly, these kinds of posts bring awareness to mental health concerning body image and eating disorders. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, 10 million men and 20 million women will experience an eating disorder at a point and 40%-60% of girl’s ages 6-12 are concerned about their weight, which becomes lifetime struggles.
Other fitness Instagrammers are following the trend, inspiring their followers to be healthy and embrace their “flaws” as part of their beauty. Social media and society can greatly benefit from showing all aspects and angles of the body and beauty rather than just perfection. Beauty is more than what is photo-shopped and perfectly propped up.
We at Fashom love to see influencers like these to bring a light to positive body image!
Written by Shivana Khatod