When I was younger, I never understood why women perceived themselves as overweight. Ten years later, I see how easy it is to be displeased with your body. A medical website shows more than fifty percent of women and forty percent of men are dissatisfied with their overall appearance. In today’s society, the media encourages people to be as skinny as possible rather than promoting healthy weight loss. When did skin and bones become sexier than having curves?
When I started my freshman year at WVU, everyone talked about gaining the freshman fifteen. Luckily, I never fell victim to an increase in pant size, however many of my friends did due to our limited choices of Burger King, and the not so endless options of dining halls. Now that we’re older, the consumption of alcohol isn’t making a positive contribution to our calorie intake either.
Between work, school, and maintaining a social life, there may be too many responsibilities and not enough time to get to the gym. The President’s Council on Physical Fitness says you only need thirty minutes of exercise a day. Who can’t spare that amount of time? I recently started a regular gym routine not only because it’s a healthy choice, but it relieves stress in the process.
The student rec center provides a variety of services that can help students stay fit including zumba, kick boxing, and spin classes. In addition to staying active, it’s important to eat right as well. Trust me, I love fast food so I know the transition to fruits and veggies can be very difficult. Taco Bell is my guilty pleasure, so my hopes of achieving the perfect beach bod by spring break will be challenging to say the least. Afterall, a drive thru is much more convenient than going grocery shopping, right? Wrong. I’m starting to live by the quote, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
Below is a list of dieting statistics from PBS
- 91 percent of women recently surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting
- In a study of girls aged 9-15, more than 50 percent claimed they exercised to lose weight, nearly 50 percent claimed they reduced food intake in order to lose weight, and approximately 5 percent claimed to use their parents diet pills or laxatives in order to lose weight
- 95 percent of all dieters will regain their lost weight in 1-5 years
- 35 percent of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25 percent progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders
- 25 percent of American men and 45 percent of American women are on a diet on any given day
- Americans spend over 40 billion dollars on dieting and diet-related products each year
Finally, if you own a smart phone, I recommend using the Fitness Buddy app. It has over 1,000 different exercise workouts and it’s always at your finger tips. Having so many options is nice because running on a treadmill can get boring. Also, I usually take a friend to workout with me. Sometimes you just can’t find a good song on your iPod.