It should come as no surprise that our culture has played a significant role in the obesity “epidemic” over the years. The belief that to be beautiful one must be thin and fit or athletic and muscular has influenced the mental and physical health of men and women for years. Unfortunately, the ideal of beauty is unattainable by the majority of North Americans yet the struggle to attain perfection continues.
Years of unhealthy and restrictive diets have contributed to much of our weight gain over time. Yet, the cycle of weight loss and weight gain continues with the hope that the next diet or pill will be the last. Our culture’s belief of beauty has motivated self-starvation, exercise abuse, and other eating disorders. It really only serves those who make money off of it.