From “#fitspiration” to “#realwomen” posts, there’s been a surge in social media that celebrates strong as the new skinny. And while it seems to be an improvement from the “thinspiration” and “thigh gap” trends that precede it, concerns are being raised that fitspiration isn’t exactly a self-esteem boost.

For starters, take a look at the comments made about these fitspirational trainers’ pictures. Even photos showing strong lean bodies still get disparaging commenters who call out various “problem areas.” YouTube fitness trainer Cassey Ho recently tested this experiment by sharing an obviously Photoshopped photo of herself on Instagram only to receive comments praising her “perfect body” alongside comments that she was “still too fat.”

What do you think of the fitspiration trend? Is it a step in the right direction, especially when compared to the thinspiration trend? Or does it create another type of fixation with our bodies that may not be as healthy as it leads us to believe? Share your thoughts in the comments section.



The Guardian: Fitspo: how strong became the new skinny