We've heard so much about body image over the last few years. Between #thighgap nonsense, Megan Trainor being "All About That Bass", and a quiet cry for sanity somewhere in the middle, it can be an overwhelming subject for young ladies to deal with on a daily basis. But, fun fact: Men deal with body image issues too!
More and more, men are objectified in the media as well. People's Magazine features the sexiest man alive every year, Ryan Gosling is everywhere, and now we even had to go make muscians hot. And you know what all of these have in common: they don't look like me. I'm 5'4" and almost 200 pounds. Guys like me aren't action heroes or love interests in movies. We are comic relief. Twitter has an entire trending tag about how short guys should die.
I remember being insecure about my body in the 7th grade. Some friends saw a picture of me at the lake, and I was leaning over and they laughed at my "fat rolls" (I was not fat at the time, it was mostly skin from the angle I was leaning). I was embarassed. In high school I played baseball with some guys who were in pretty good shape, and I remember telling my mom I wished I could be tall and skinny like them.
Long story short, this trend continued. Now as I'm trying to get in in shape and eat better, its a struggle to do it with a positive attitude. I don't like looking in the mirror most days. Its hard not to be envious of the Hollywood guys. It can be upsetting that I'm never going to be 6 feet tall and society's ideal. But I have to take a step back and remember who defines beauty.
I was created by God. And God created my body to work and look best while being used in healthy ways and eating healthy things. Health is beauty, not the other way around. There are plenty of ways to get skinny that aren't healthy. But there is one way to get healthy, and that will make my body be what it is supposed to be regardless of cultures definitions.
So I'm going to keep moving, keep being active, keep cooking good food, and keep eating my whole food supplements and shakes. I am going to have the body that God designed for me. Whatever that looks like, nothing could be better!
Harris Waterman, Guest Contributor
This post was written by Harris who is a good friend of our's! Harris is also a Juice Plus representative who is passionate about helping others improve their health. If you would like to find out how Juice Plus can help you please reach out to Harris at: www.harriswaterman.juiceplus.com