Lately, I have developed a fixation of sorts with Pinterest. Looking for home inspiration? Pinterest can help you! Wondering where to go on your next vacation? Pinterest is there! Even when it comes to something as simple as make-up inspiration, Pinterest is the answer!
So it stands to reason that people would turn a website that allows you to “pin” inspiration shots into a source of health and wellness inspiration. And I’m no different.
Which is how this past weekend I found myself searching for “fitness” pins to add to my inspiration board. But you know what I discovered? A glaring reflection of what’s wrong with our society and how we have corrupted the minds of women everywhere.
While there are some pins that are motivational and speak to a healthy life-style there are just as many, if not more, that talk about #thinspo; short for thinspiration. A movement that glorifies not an ideal of healthfulness but something akin to anorexia or body dysmorphic disorder.
Perhaps what I found most disturbing is the comments from girls encouraging each other to reach their thinspiration goals. Cheering one another to achieve legs that an average person could wrap their hands around. Or supporting one another in the quest for pelvic bones that protrude through clothing.
It made me so very sad that I had no choice but to put my computer away.
But since then I have been thinking. About how we’ve got it all wrong. About how it’s okay to want to healthier. But it’s not okay to want to waste away to nothing.
Today, this kind of warped body image came to a head when Miley Cyrus tweeted a picture of Marilyn Monroe in reply to those that have called her fat over the last few months. Miley replied (and yes I’m quoting a former Disney Channel princess here) that you can be beautiful – even when you thighs touch.
And you know what? She’s absolutely right!
Question: Where do you stand on the use of inspiration pictures of other people’s bodies as motivation? I have to confess I’ve always thought it perfectly harmless but what I’ve seen on Pinterest has truly frightened me!