Health Fitspiration is supposed to help people get healthy — but it's backfiring in a major way

17:33  17 may  2018
17:33  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Fitspiration is supposed to help people get healthy — but it ' s backfiring in a major way . The content — workout videos, photos of "ideal" bodies, inspirational quotes — is meant to help people get healthy .

In a way , it seems, fitspiration is backfiring . John Caius on Force Touch on the iPhone 6 S could change the way you launch apps. Michellie Jones on Breakdancing meets Bach: Get down with The Flying Steps.

Instagram is crawling with fitness-related content. There are svelte personal trainers with millions of followers. There are memes to remind you that "you don't get the a-- you want by sitting on it." There are before-and-after photos, ab selfies, workout videos, inspirational quotes. There are currently more than 49 million posts with the hashtag #fitspo — the shortened version of "fitspiration," the word blend that combines "fitness" and "inspiration."

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Fitspiration (you know, "fitness" plus "inspiration") is supposed to be about improving health . Emerging science, however, shows it might be causing harm.

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Oh, I get it , so what I want out of life isn’t to overcome great challenges, persevere through hardships, or change What I really want out of life (or at least, what I’m supposed to want) is to look like her. Fitspiration masquerades on many occasions as a “ healthy ” response or “challenge” to all of the

The intent behind fitspiration is clear. These posts are meant to motivate people to exercise, eat well, and take care of their bodies. In theory, that's a noble pursuit. 

But an emerging body of scientific evidence is showing that exposure to fitspiration may damage mental health. In a way, it seems, fitspiration is backfiring. 

Even general social media use could be bad for body image. 

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