Summer is almost upon us, and diet culture is in full swing. Wraps, workouts, detoxes, and diet pills are everywhere, ready to help you achieve that dream summer body. Green juices, waist-trainers, gym memberships, skinny teas: they’ve got you covered. Just pay $200 and you, too, can have a flat stomach, toned butt, and thigh gap! Sounds like a great deal, right?
Wrong. These products are largely ineffective and frequently injurious. Wraps, if they aren’t just expensive pieces of cloth, can squish your internal organs and/or disrupt respiratory function. Intense workouts, when not prepared for properly, have the potential to cause cardiogenic and systemic shock (the latter manifesting as myocardial infarction, stroke, or sudden cardiac death). Cleanses may damage your liver and send your body into a caloric-deficit induced state of self-consumption, and diet pills, provided they are not overpriced placebos, strain the liver and stress the heart, resulting in palpitations, arrhythmias, and arterial spasms. All of these are serious complications, which can lead to permanent damage and in some cases death.
I, for one, don’t fancy spending my summer in a hospital (or worse a morgue). That’s why the only thing I’m changing about my body this year is the clothes I put on it. Summer is meant to be enjoyed not wasted worrying about how some stranger thinks I look in a swimsuit. EveryBODY is a bikini body, so get out there and have some fun in the sun! Play in the ocean, kiss in the sand, and drink some delicious cocktails! You deserve it.