Strong is the New Skinny

Has fitness become the new face of eating disorders?

I was at the gym the other week when I noticed one of the trainers wearing a shirt stating, “Strong is the New Skinny.” The trainer seemed to wear the shirt as a message of empowerment, but I read it with fear. Has strong become the new skinny? Have we transferred our societal obsession with thinness to an obsession with fitness?

There has been a backlash against the impossibly thin body ideals portrayed in the media. The covers of celebrity tabloid magazines wonder: is she too thin? But lest we ponder accepting our bodies—and where is the money to be made in that?– we have been given a new impossible ideal to meet. 

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