Today I am going to talk about ways to gain weight healthily. I’m going to discuss setting body composition goals, proper nutrition, and how to develop an over-all weight gain program suited to you. When it comes to loosing or gaining weight you really need to speak to your doctor first if you have any concerns about your health or even just to make sure there isn’t anything you don’t know going on in your health. When it comes to positive or negative body image, it consists of perceptions, thoughts, emotions, and actions. Many people are actually overall unsatisfied with their body image which is something you can develop yourself through the perception of yourself; the way
you see yourself. This isn’t or at least shouldn’t be something that is through someone else’s eyes. Genetic factors when it comes to body image vary from person to person 25 to 40%. Genes play an important role in our body composition making up our total fat, body weight distribution, and overall nutritional needs. Regardless of any genetic factors over-all, ethnicity and environmental influences do have an effect on an individual’s genes. An example of this would be if the parents are underweight than their children are more susceptible to be underweight as well. Regardless of a person’s genetic factors, lifestyle choices play a key role in successful weight management.
When it comes to body image always look out for severe body image disorder indications. Having a poor body image can cause very severe psychological distress. When a person has a very poor body image, even a slight flaw can cause some type of phobia and trigger unnecessary reactions to correct this flaw or severe depression if it cannot be fixed in their eyes. Someone with a poor body image may develop a condition known as body dysmorphic disorder or B.D.D. This disorder affects over 2% of Americans. Many
young women and young adults have a form of BDD. If this disorder is left untreated it can cause depression, social phobia, and even suicide. Although eating disorders can affect an average person it can also go hand in hand with BDD. More than 8 million young American adult’s, mostly young women, have some form of eating disorder. A characteristic of one form of an eating disorder is if a person restricts their diet to an unhealthy amount or they stop eating because they perceive themselves as having a slight flaw. To minimize your risk for developing a body image disorder I have a few suggestions. Always focus on healthy eating habits and accept your body for what it is. Your genetic factors make up your body and your body is also only part of who you are. Do your best not to judge others harshly on their appearance. It’s wrong to do and just because someone may look a certain way doesn’t mean they are at all that way. Make sure you see the beauty industry for exactly what it is which is; an industry. They make a lot of money off of telling you what to perceive as flawed and trying to cover the so called flaws with a product they benefit from you buying. For more information on healthy weight management keep watching the informational videos in this series.