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  • Dr Susan Baxter

Social Media: is it inspiring or...?

Updated: Jul 22, 2022

Social media is getting the blame for insecurities in females. Social media is becoming more and more popular. It has grown to the point of almost taking over TV, and with that people that you wouldn’t otherwise know about have been given a medium for their images and their opinions to be potentially seen by millions of people. I am one of those people who have been given the opportunity to share what I have learnt over the years to hopefully make a positive and healthy impact on peoples lives.

One of the things I try to be is REAL…. So if I have insecurities or struggles I like to get on social media and talk about them so that you guys can relate and hopefully get something from it.

So an article mentions that a professor carried out a study which came to the conclusion that young girls these days are looking to “social media fitness celebrities” as their role models. They are saying that these role models are promoting unhealthy body images that were considered “insidious” and otherwise damaging to their self-esteem.

A young girl looking up to somebody as her “role model” or “idol” is nothing new and this is the exact reason why I got fit and healthy in the first place. I saw these fit strong women and looked to them as a source of motivation and inspiration to change my life for the better. I went from not fully understanding fitness and it’s potential role in my life and other people’s lives, to now having my PhD in health science. The way it’s played out to this point is that I have become a “role model” for a lot of other young women out there. So I just want to make it clear that one thing I am constantly emphasizing is; aiming to be YOUR best, not like someone else.

It’s great to use other people to inspire you to become your best, but it’s really important to remember that the people you look up to, who inspire you are real people just like you and shouldn’t be put up on pedestals. We are all unique, we all have different body shapes and sizes and we should never try to be someone we’re not. Aim to be fit, strong and healthy but above all aim to be YOUR BEST.

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