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Good Health

By | September 2008
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Physical appearance: A topic of little concern?

In recent years our society has identified the importance of being healthy with being beautiful. Moreover, lifestyle, diet and exercise have been shown to have a profound impact on people’s health, both in the short term and over the course of a life time. In their pursuit of physical attractiveness, human beings think immediately of good health and shapeliness. For some, appearance is a superficial matter and a topic of little concern as they believe there are more important matters in their lives, whereas for others, the importance of one’s good appearance is – or should be – and important short-term goal.

According to a survey report based on the matter of how important physical appearance is, it was confirmed that for a good number of people having a positive physical image is a topic not worthy of undue discussion. Although they are aware that being beautiful has an advantage professionally or socially, they can clearly distinguish their body image from their personal characteristics. Thus, working out all day long in the gym and going on weight-reducing stressful diets have become the most important rule of what not to do. Accordingly, they define beauty as every quality that a person has, which not only includes physical qualities but inner qualities, too. This includes treating the body, mind and spirit as a whole. Physical attractiveness, then, is not a topic to be ignored but just a component to be taken into account.

On the other hand, there is an opposite attitude towards one’s appearance. In comparison with the less attractive, some people seem obsessed about their body image since they believe that a person with good looks is liked more, is attributed more socially desirable characteristics and receives better jobs. In a recent survey of Psychology Today, doctors state that people who are happy with their bodies may be more confident and likeable than those who have a negative body image....

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