General Article

Women’s Body Image – What Influences?

Women are often bombarded by fictitious media images about their lives and bodies, and find themselves subscribing to a lifestyle which only relates to a small minority. Most women are aware of these impossibilities yet they feel the pressure to continue to strive for the image of the “top model” and oh…… a size 4′.

Society shapes our body image. In some societies, a robust woman is viewed as being fertile and therefore admired. In the North American culture, however there exists an obsession to be thin and fit. Thinness is associated with high social class, with success, and with the ability to attract a man. The standard of white female beauty has become more narrowly defined and restrictive, making it nearly impossible to be thin enough, fit enough, or young enough. Society sets such high and unrealistic standards that no one can really fit the mold of the ideal … Read More

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Better Health

Chapter 2 – 19/52

Chapter 2 of a 4-week series spread over the year within a 52 week challenge. See below (comment one) for Chapter 1, which starts the story in the spiral of depression and substance use. I am using this story as a mental health awareness series in the hope it opens discussion to a topic that is full of stigma to the point that people are often afraid to talk about it.

Chapter 2 – Spiralling further into depression is scary and lonely. Even as a hand reaches in to help you feel misunderstood and so alone. The hopeless seems endless. In a moment of bravery or in a moment of spirits being lifted you wonder if you can reach for the hand. It seems too far.

***For anyone who is going through some form of depression, substance abuse, or otherwise I hope this image is true to experience though I … Read More

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General Article

My Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass Weight Gain Review

About a month ago I went on yet another journey to increase my lean muscle and mass. I’m the kind of guy who likes to ask a lot of people questions for reviews and do my own research before I buy something so I know that I’m getting a quality product. I live on campus at school and have an all you can eat cafeteria available to me 3 times a day with pretty high calorie foods around me; some good, some bad. I knew if I really wanted to put on some weight though that just those 3 large meals a day and my 2 snacks wouldn’t do the trick. I have a high metabolism and burn close to 3,000 calories a day.

I went online to a few forums and asked some questions as well as did my own research on which weight gainer would be the best … Read More

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