INTRODUCTION Currently around the world, notably in America as the cliche goes, there is a rising difficulty with weight issues. More and more people are gaining weight and becoming obese from a variety of issues. Some of these range from food addiction, to self-destructive tendencies, to even your place on the economical ladder. Being overweight has become a growing problem in today's society. Additionally there are other problems. Due to a fear of losing weight, some people may become anorexic or try to starve themselves going on very little food. While others are trying to get bigger, to show more muscles or what have you, and are disappointed that a lot of their hard work is going to naught. I WANT TO BE LIKE YOU, THIS IS ME This is a world where people all over the globe are dealing with hardships with their image. To throw a personal story in here, similarly to Finn on 'Glee' I'm a broad-shouldered tall mesomorph which sometimes gives me the appearance of being big unless I take my shirt off. I've always hated that. I've always wanted to be more narrow. To be smaller. I would look at my friends and be jealous of their frame. However, one of these friends once admitted that he was jealous of me. He wanted my frame. He wanted to be bigger because he saw it as a sign of being more masculine appearing. It really struck home just how bad this body image thing is starting to be. We're both healthy guys. And in the past, I don't think we would have had these body image problems. He's an ectomorph and I'm a mesomorph. So here we have a smaller guy wanting to be like the big guy and the big guy wanting to be like the small guy because we felt our frames were not attractive. Now that makes really little sense unless there was something else at play. YOUR BODY IN MOTION ENDOMORPH - Tend to be naturally overweight - Gain fat easily - Find it difficult to lose the fat - Larger around the waist - Possibly sensitive to carbohydrates (particularly processed and refined carbs) - Slow metabolism - Body shape is more rounded or pear shaped - Often has reasonable strength levels MESOMORPH - Naturally muscular - Naturally lean - Broad shoulders - Lose fat easily - Gain muscle and strength easily ECTOMORPH Fast metabolism - Naturally thin or wiry - Find it hard to gain weight - Naturally lower in strength levels - Often high energy levels, and tend to be overactive. THE HARD TRUTH: Can you change your body type? This is a difficult question. Most body types are genetic traits - they are the way we were born, and genes don't change. However many other things do change with age - such as metabolism and hormonal activity. Many people often find that as they get older they can tend to get more "endomorphic" in nature. It gets harder to lose fat (particularly around the stomach or waist), and eating unhealthy foods seems to pack the weight on more easily than it did when younger. - freedieting.com WITH WORKING OUT: - Please be aware, this stage might be easier for some than for others. COMBINATION: You may be reading this and notice that your personal body type does not accurately reflect any of these body types. That is likely because most people fall under a combination of two types. Some examples include Endo-Mesomorphs or Ecto-Endomorphs. The solution to this ambiguity is simple. Just find which body type extreme most describes your own. For example, if it is difficult for you to lose body fat, follow the endomorph. If you find it difficult to put on any weight at all, follow the ectomorph. Whatever body type you find to most reflect your own, it is important to know and understand it. There is one fundamental thing that you can never change about your body – and that is your genetics. -wiseandfit.com THE DECEPTION OF MASS MEDIA Now, look at the media - what the images we are bombarded with every day show us. How we should look. What these images aren't telling you is that for years pictures of women were photoshopped - including in films. That's right, sometimes when you see a naked chick sometimes that's not the actress and rather their stand-in which is further enhanced. This practice has been around a long time for women. Thus, women - even drop dead gorgeous women have body image problems. And this has starting to become more apparent in guys. Wanting to live up to this "perfect ideal" that society sets for us. Whereas most of the time these images themselves are fabrications. We are trying to live up to a computerized image more times than we can count rather than actual people. DIFFICULTIES AND THE OVERWEIGHT Now, to launch into those who are overweight. And saying this as a precautionary, please remember that there may be those browsing this forum who has eating problems or has an eating problem themselves. Thus, lets try to keep this as professional as possible guys. Don't say something you wouldn't say to someone in their face or out in public. We are dealing with a broad variety of issues here. Food addiction, although I don't know much about and feel free to jump in. All I know is that I've heard this term thrown around college class-rooms. Is that some people are addicted to food just like an alcoholic is addicted to alcohol. It sets off certain pleasure areas in their brain that they become addicted to. Just think of the next eating problem brought up -- Self-destruction. People usually start to over eat due to something tragic happening to them. A person may start binging just like an alcoholic would start binging on alcohol. They know it's hurting them but they're at this suicidal point where they really don't care if they live or die. All they know is that it makes them feel better. Could this perhaps be due to society's rise in what we should look like? And if it is, could this develop into a self-fulfilling prophecy? And lastly economical status. Vegetables, fruits, healthy food costs a heck of a lot more than food that is not good for you. You can feed a whole family with junk food easily, feeding a whole family with healthy food is near impossible if not impossible for some families. This would also call into question such fast food places where you can get twenty chicken mcnuggets for under five dollars. Under five dollars. Why are people jumping to eating unhealthy and staying with unhealthy food? Well, for many it could possibly be their economic status. DIFFICULTIES AND THE THIN Now to jump over to anorexia, we all know that comes from a poor body image. Well, onwards to it's less mentioned twin cousin - awkward diets. On the radio the other day I overheard about a woman who was basically starving herself to try to get thin. And that she wasn't the only one doing so. What they didn't know is that some people have slowed down their metabolism rates - or some kind of rates - where they would be passing out and lead to serious medical emergencies. Basically it has the same side-effects, it seems like, as staying up for more than 70 hours straight. THE POSSIBLE FOOD CRISES In the future, we will be dealing with a different kind of problem as early as 2018. There are plans currently being developed of a pill where you can eat whatever you want and not gain any weight at all. How will this effect the way people eat today? Will it lead to over-eating in people since they no longer have the fear of gaining weight? Will this abundance in what can eat as well as over population lead to a food shortage? There are already plans in place for fake meat. And although I don't know what leads to it, some scientists are predicting farms may become a thing of the past and most of it's products will similarly be created inside with recreated conditions. Meaning the food that we eat today may be gone tomorrow. CONCLUSION There is a broad variety of material here. How harming it is for the media to tell us what the perfect body type is when these types are basically computer generated images passed as being the real deal. And how this is effecting those with eating disorders. Another thing is what is the deal behind food addiction is and how can one possibly kick the habit. And then there's, you have to love how much this is coming up these days, the difference between social classes and how to possibly rectify that situation. Lets use this place as a means to reflect and think about possible ways to fix these problems in as professional and as mature a way as possible.