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Girls Prove Vanity Holds More Weight Over Their Bodies. [Nov. 25th, 2005|06:00 pm]
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I had a suspicion that such heavy argument might prove true.

I'll reproduce the article under the following lj-cut.

Girls 'embarrassed to exercise'

Girls want to keep fit but are too embarrassed to exercise, a study shows.

Eight out of ten 11 to 21-year-olds want to be fitter but only half exercise at least once a week, the Nestle Social Research Programme found.

Asked why they did not exercise, 49% said they did not feel comfortable exercising in front of other people.

Two thirds of boys also wanted to be fitter but worried less about their weight and appearance while exercising, the study of 687 people found.

Some 55% of boys exercised once a week, compared to 53% of girls.

Boys were more likely to enjoy the competition aspect of sport with 48% saying they enjoyed this compared to 35% of girls.


Instead, half of girls said they preferred to do more graceful exercises such as yoga and dance compared to just one in 10 boys.

The study also found less than half, 45%, of young people ate the recommended amounts of fresh fruit each day while just 56% check the sugar and fat levels in the food they eat.


79% of girls want to be fitter, compared to 68% of boys
49% of girls do not feel comfortable exercising in front of other people
Only 45% eat recommended amounts of fruit and vegetables
Just 53% of girls and 55% of boys exercise once a week

Report author Professor Helen Haste, of Bath University, said: "The study showed appearance is particularly important to girls so we need to think about what forms of exercise we should encourage them to do.

"Girls said they felt self-conscious exercising in front of people but boys do not feel like this so much.

"We should be thinking more about graceful activities."

But she said both sexes were not doing enough about their health.

"Young people are still not exercising enough and have very patchy understanding about how to monitor their eating.

"The situation needs to be addressed, we should be reaching out to young people more. This is an important issue."

Low self-esteem

Paul Sacher, founder of the Institute of Child Health's Mend Programme, which works with families on adopting healthier lifestyles, said: "I think there is a problem with the way exercise is being designed at school.

"Often children are not actually doing that much exercise in PE sessions.

"The other problem is that a lot of the sport is competitive and only the children who are best at it end up getting picked and enjoying it.

"Those who are left out can develop low self-esteem and other problems.

"Instead, we should be looking at other sports children are interested in, such as martial arts and dance, as well as the obvious ones like football."

The study also suggested health warnings are getting through about drugs but not sex and drinking.

Some 90% said heroin was "very risky" while 86% said cocaine was.

But just over half, 55%, thought binge drinking dangerous while two thirds said sex without condoms was.

You can give a shout-out on how you feel about all of this, whether you're a woman, man, or alien.

Poll #620036 LJ Poll on Fitness, and Your Feelings Thereof.

Exercise - Do You Want to Be More Fit?

I Define "Fit," You Fatties.
Donuts to That!

Exercise - How Do You Feel About Exercise in Front of Others?

I'll Hump in Public.
Gyms Give Me the Queasies.

As always, feel free to elaborate upon your point of view.

For my viewpoint, I hold no personal preference toward the appearance of another, so long as the behavior proves well.

I, of course, am a somewhat selfish individual, and I'm mostly concerned about my treatment from others.


From: zboson
2005-11-26 12:01 am (UTC)
Yeah, exercising is fun and as long as it's not ridiculous, I don't mind doing it in front of others.

That wasn't always the case, though. Gym class was hell for me precisely for the reasons pointed out in the article - kids who aren't athletic get picked last for everything, get teased a lot, and wind up as the butt of spectator jokes a lot.

My gym teacher in elementary school used to make us run around the school six times (one kilometer). Some kids found it reasonable. I, being overweight, with bad knees (still have 'em and still can't run), and asthma, found it to be the Ultimate Fires Of Hell & Humiliation. What happened was when you were done, you could sit on the grass and watch the rest of the kids run. Let me tell you how fun it is being the verrrrrrry last person, coughing up phlegm, heaving, crying, walking instead of running around the school, while all the other kids heckled on.

Boy, did I really loathe gym class. *shudder*
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-11-26 12:05 am (UTC)
It's diffult for many, the gym class.

I didn't like it because I was very self-conscious, due to acne and general lack of muscle tone during the frosh and soph year.

I don't believe peers make exercise any easier. "Hey fatty!" is one of those serious smacks that no kid ever understands as destructive to the ego of the other.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-11-26 01:18 am (UTC)
Heh, I spelled difficult incorrectly.
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[User Picture]From: thedeadfisharmy
2005-11-26 01:19 am (UTC)
This was actually among my declarative statements about myself, but I couldn't quite find the exact combination of words. At this point in my life, I want to be more "fit" but I don't much give a damn if I am slimmer or not. It's just gotten to the point that I'm finding myself winded after going up two flights of stairs and that just ain't right.

However, I have never been able to really get into most things that one can do easily at a gym. I love bike riding, but without the changing scenery and the wind in my face, it is no fun at all. I'm also always one to go out and take a walk in the woods, but would never touch a treadmill. Swimming is one notable exception where I prefer the indoor arrangements to the outdoor ones, but I have to admit that showing off the buddha belly and back hair at the YMCA does make me a little uncomfortable.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-11-26 01:23 am (UTC)
I am a total privacy pirate when it comes to "working out."

I just don't want the people to see the humanity in me.

One exercise which I prefer in the company of others . . . walking. I do not like to take to the pathways without the presence of someone else to discuss the random.
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From: zboson
2005-11-26 01:34 am (UTC)
I check everyone out surreptitiously while changing at the gym. I'm pretty sure I'm being checked out, too - so I wear pretty underwear and always change my clothes according to a specific order so as to ensure the most flattering view at all times.

Most people at the gym aren't buff. There are a few, but it's comfortingly average. However, I rarely see obese people, and I think it's to do with self-consciousness. It's funny to watch the really buff guys strut around like peacocks, preening in front of the mirrors. Okay, well, whatever, so I check them out, too.

I would really like to be able to ride a bike outdoors on a trail each day, but here in the City recreational cycling is an "extreme sport".
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-11-26 01:43 am (UTC)
I find city-walking to be the most divine form of exercise.

One can find a number of sights to witness while on the concrete path.

As for my non-walking, lifting anything is limited at the moment for lack of back stability. When I was able to press, I didn't mind lifting in front of friends, but I preferred non-public gyms.

I did, however, always love sport involved with exercise. A good game of basketball really worked best for me.
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[User Picture]From: lordjunon
2005-11-26 06:55 am (UTC)
mmmm doughnuts.

Anyways. If i was a PE teacher. It might be difficult but, get a couple PS2s/xboxes or gamecube and start up a DDR routine. But whatever. I aint a big exerciser, I'm in fairly decent shape, i do enough walking at the school job etc. etc.
but bring on a cheeseburger when i can :)
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2005-11-26 10:28 am (UTC)
Cheeseburgers are awesome.
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