Post # 1
*WARNING: this post contains thoughts, ideas and potentially triggering pictures. Please do not read further if you are not comfortable!!!!!!!!*
So ladies, obviously threads regarding body image and ED threads are running rampant right now. Could totally be entirely my fault for the thread I started yesterday and deleted. For those who missed it the premise of the thread before it unraveled was : does the UK have a better body ideal than the US?Do US women want to be thinner and perhaps less healthy than UK women.
The reason I think it went a little haywire is I posted my personal body ideal, where I stated I want to be able to see bones. Particularly my hipbones. This statement really bother some people, and I get that. If you have had issues with weight in the past maybe hearing that someone wants to see bones is kind of frightening.
However, I am not alone in this desire. The desire to be thin is everywhere (duh we all know that). But even blogs and posts that are supposed to be featuring healthy eating and exersize may be projecting an “unhealthy” ideal. An example (with a bit of humor thrown in for good measure)
This is all over pinterest, even without the hilarious pic at the bottom. it’s often on Fitspo (fit-spiration) NOT thinspo (thin-spriation) blogs.
I typed in Fitspo right now into my pinterest and the first couple of pictures were super thin girls. Not skeletal but thin, and yes thats what I want to be. I typed in Fitspo blogs into tumbler and half of the posts I saw had #hipbones.
So controversial question of the day: Is fitspo as harmful to the psyche as thinspo?
Post # 3
@Little_Hedgy: they’ve basically become the same thing, which makes them harmful, yes. if a thinking person looks at these images, they would be able to differentiate between women that are either naturally thin or starving themselves and the women that are muscular, lean, toned and in excellent cardiovascular and muscular shape. at least, i can tell the difference. i roll my eyes when a fitspo instagram account posts something that is clearly not a fit person, but an overly thin person.
another note: thinking people that view these images would also realize that they are retouched to the point of being a false image. just saying.
Post # 4
@TwoStatesBride: Retouching is a good point! I love when websites do a retouched and un-retouched photo spread. It’s nice to know that even jenifer lawrence doesn’t look like jenifer lawrence lol.
I agree that both “spo-s” have become nearly the same. usually what I have noticed is that it’ss just pictures of thin women. Not nearly as many tips to get there just “hey look she’s thinner than you! work for it guuuurl!”
Post # 5
How is this even “fitspo”? It doesn’t seem to have anything to do with being fit or working out.
Post # 6
For it to be harmful depends on the person doing the looking.
People need to be educated about how to live a healthy lifestyle and realize that maybe their ideal body image they have in their head is unattainable because of how their body is made.
For me, I’d never want to look like any of the pictures above, but that’s cool if you do, as long as you’re not doing anything harmful and damaging to your body and mind while you try and achieve it, then give’r, you’ve got my support.
Post # 7
To me that’s thinspo, which can easily be dangerous
Post # 8
Fitspo – fitness inspiration – is fine. I have a health and fitness Tumblr with almost 23k followers. I reblog actual fitspo and what seems like endless pictures of oatmeal.
That stuff is not fitspo by any stretch of the imagination.
This is fitspo:
Post # 9
I don’t see the harm in having in mind what your desired goal is as long as you go about it in a healthy way. For me, I like my collarbones and having a flat stomach, and if I’ve been pigging out too much lately, I see my stomach pudge and know I have to eat more healthy for a while.
Post # 10
I think there is a fine line between fitspo and thinspo. I don’t currently work out (just no time right now, and am dealing with some health issues) but generally I do a lot of strength training, read a lot of magazines, blogs, etc.
What people don’t realize is a) those girls in the magazines, blogs and competition do not look like that 365 days of the year and b) they go to rather extreme lengths to get that way. The more I learn, the more convinced I am that it’s just another for of eating disorder. Some of the side effects of getting cut like that are just as bad as having an eating disorder (adrenal failure, hormonal imbalance, etc)
I’ve read many, many stories of people who wish they’d never competed in bikini or figure competitions because what happens afterward. It is a dirty little secret in the fitness industry that is finally being talked about a lot more. Yet I also know people who have competed and maintained a healthy attitude afterwards.
The key is, regardless of whether your goal is to be cut, or to be thin, is to love and respect your body. I feel better about myself when I am thin, I won’t deny that. I look better in clothes, I think collarbones are sexy (ribs not at all), I feel more confident. But I will never look like the women in the pictures above, and I am perfectly ok with that. I probably could if I was willing to give up every piece of enjoyment in life (a glass of wine with dinner, a homemade cookie by the chef at work, etc) but life is short and meant to be enjoyed. Many women in the fitness industry are just as obsessed, miserable and out of control as any women with an eating disorder. IMO, there is very little balance in either lifestyle.
Post # 11
@Little_Hedgy: To me, that collage is thinspo because I don’t see any strength or definition in the bodies, and that combined with the the ‘don’t eat sweets etc.’ message feels unhealthy (even though I know eating sweets is not a good thing!).
The picture that @mepayne: posted is fitspo to me because you can see that’s a strong, muscular body. Fitspo ‘inspirational’ messages are always much more about keeping training and working to make your body stronger and healthier.
Even though the line feels fine, the difference between thinspo and fitspo is very clear in my mind. I like fitspo stuff, but am 100% against the thinspo material.
Post # 12
When you work out to be healthy that is different than working out to be skinny. The picture above it fitspo because she is obviously healthy even though she has probably achieved many of the things in the original post. However, the original post pictures just look like women that have not taken care of themselves and are inspiring to be thin.
I am also one that doesn’t believe you have to give up soda or pizza to be fit, but that is becuase I’ve educated myself on the importance of food/calories/macros.
I do not aspire to have hip bones that protrude out of my dress or a thigh gap. And right now I am chubby but I have collar bones that you can actually see, so I don’t believe that you have to be rail thin to achieve some of those goals.
Post # 13
The collage is thinspo IMO. Fitspo should be showing muscle tone, not bones.
Honestly I was a little horrified the first time I googled thinspo…the idea of people having blogs and such totally dedicated to basically kiling themselves is just so crazy to me.
Post # 14
I don’t see anything attractive about jutting bones or massive thigh gaps. I like toned muscles. The whole thigh gap thing just confuses the hell out me to be honest.
Post # 15
@bklynbridetobe: +1 Never understood the obsession with “the gap”..
Until I clicked on this thread I had never heard of fitspo and frankly any types of “_spo” are concerning IMO. They place an anxious focus on the body, especially female bodies.
As women we are usually not designed to have tons of sinewy muscles showing – a small to moderate amount of fat is healthy, especially if one wants to conceive a child at some point. (Not saying that super-thin women can’t conceive, just that it doesn’t need to be everyone’s goal)
I used to be as thin as some of those thinspo images and let me tell you, it ran my life, trying to keep up with the constant focus on clean eating and endless running.
Post # 16
@SeaSalt: What people don’t realize is a) those girls in the magazines, blogs and competition do not look like that 365 days of the year and b) they go to rather extreme lengths to get that way. The more I learn, the more convinced I am that it’s just another for of eating disorder. Some of the side effects of getting cut like that are just as bad as having an eating disorder (adrenal failure, hormonal imbalance, etc)
But I will never look like the women in the pictures above, and I am perfectly ok with that. I probably could if I was willing to give up every piece of enjoyment in life (a glass of wine with dinner, a homemade cookie by the chef at work, etc) but life is short and meant to be enjoyed. Many women in the fitness industry are just as obsessed, miserable and out of control as any women with an eating disorder. IMO, there is very little balance in either llfestyle.
ITA with you, neither extreme is healthy.
@DaisyBelle: I’m currently overweight and i’m working towards being healthier. However I will never become so obessed that I will watch every single calorie, never eat bread and work out 7 days a week for 2 hours a day. There is a sweet spot that falls somewhere right in the middle and that’s what I’m shooting for.