𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐬𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡? Do you start to act like them? Do you speak in similar ways? 𝘐 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘐 𝘥𝘰… Humans are social creatures, 𝘴𝘰 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘢𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘢𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘮𝘪𝘮𝘪𝘤 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘬𝘪𝘯. We also have that lovely innate tribalism that directs more of our behaviors than we like to admit.
𝐁𝐔𝐓, 𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐤 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬; that’s a huge problem for society’s waistline because people start to believe the body weights surrounding them are normal. In the US, for instance, men believe that being overweight is both “𝘯𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘭 𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵” and healthy. Their idea of “𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵” doesn’t start until a BMI of 32! Women fair a little better, with their idea of “𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘸𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵” starting when obesity should, at a BMI of 30. The media plays a huge role here, too. Media folk frequently describe images of overweight or obese people as of 𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘳 weight than they truly are, influencing the perceptions of the general public. In fact, the media tends to use images of people with 𝐁𝐌𝐈𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝟑𝟕 𝐭𝐨 𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐨𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐲, giving the impression to many obese people that they may not actually be obese.
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