Do We Go On Crash Diets To ‘Fit In?’

Do We Go On Crash Diets To ‘Fit In?’

“Body image points towards food habits which one follows or has developed, due to various reasons and influences”

Knowing oneself and accepting your own intellectual and physical capacity is very important for functioning on a day-to-day basis but society today, lays a lot of emphasis on certain group norms for every individual. Hence, people adhering to it are definitely ‘in’ and people who cannot due to varied reasons, constantly try to stretch their boundaries to gain social acceptance.

‘Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder or so the saying goes, but if the beholder is yourself, then the standards of beauty can sometimes reach critical limits as beauty as perceived by us, for ourselves is of a different level, altogether.

The Need For Dieting

Body image is the kind of notion which probably takes both from group and individualistic thinking patterns. Body image also points towards food habits which one follows or has developed due to various reasons and influences. Thin is ‘in’ and hence the efforts both logical and illogical are incorporated to meet its demand, leading to crash diets to bring down unwanted weight.

The Effects Of Crash Diets

The repercussions are sometimes known and many a times unknown. Nevertheless, it’s vital to deter a person from trying out this method for quicker results, as a combination of a balanced diet with good exercise can bring about wondrous results over a period of time, but there is still a tendency to resort to easier techniques and instant results.

Studies have shown that crash diet yields several negative physiological effects like reduction in bone density, weak muscles, dehydration, fatigue, hair loss, dry hair and skin etc. Also, several psychological disorders like anorexia can occur as a result of a crash diet. Additionally, it alters behavioural patterns which involves self-starvation resulting in inappropriate thought patterns.

The Price One Pays

There lies a morbid fear of becoming fat and feeling overweight by fostering an exaggerated idea of being thin and light, when in reality, an individual may be just rightly proportioned and healthy etc. Hence, it would be consequential to mention here, that there is always a price to pay for going against nature.

Also, psychologists believe that while interacting socially, people have to have a relative balance and flexibility and adjust their approach to situational demands as extreme importance to one’s body image may indicate a neurotic tendency which dominates one’s existence and this rigidity can surely be troublesome.

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