Now a days it feels like health is merely on the outside.... that the only thing that counts is a persons appearance. Someone can go to the gym 6 days a week and eat super healthy and everyone just calls them super healthy, but on the inside they have a voice calling them fat. Telling them they need to workout more, eat less, suddenly all they are eating is lettuce and chicken breast. But no one knows, because on the outside... they are just being healthy.
Someone can be a normal weight, appear just like everyone else on the outside, sit and eat some cake with friends or go to parties. But little does anyone know that when that person isnt with friends they dont eat. They starve themselves or purge whenever they do eat. Or they have late night binge eating episodes. But their weight isnt underweight or overweight so nobody notices, nobody cares.
That person you see who is often laughing and smiling, almost a fake laugh... but nobody cares if the smile is fake. They just see a smile... that person might go home and self harm. Feel awful about themselves, have suicidal thoughts. But nobody cares, because its just the outside... its the mask the person puts on that counts.
Now a days health seems to be how round someones butt is, how visible their abs are, how long they go without junk food, how many workouts they have per day/week. Its just the appearance.
If someone goes to the gym often, of course they cant have problems... If someone posts all their healthy food always saying how they never crave chocolate, crisps, pizza... they would much rather eat their lettuce and eggs than eat a burger on a Friday night.
People often forget the mental part of health... they drive over their mental state, just to look a certain way. Thinking they will be healthy, feel healthy, think healthy when they reach that goal body. But that is not the case... i have spent years of my life striving to look any other way but the way i looked. I wanted to be someone else, have someone elses life, someone elses body. But that NEVER brought my happiness.
Not until i began focusing on what i love doing, focusing on being happy, focusing on loving my body. Then i felt true happiness, and i feel it everyday.
I dont care what other people do, how other people look... and this is something more people need to realise. Realise that comparing yourself to others or wishing to be like someone else or just following what someone else does wont bring you happiness. Happiness and HEALTH is doing what is best for YOU.
MENTAL health is almost more important than physical health... becaause if you arent mentally healthy, it doesnt matter what weight or size you are. You wont be healthy... however physical health just adds more problems, risks and consequences to your mental health.