What is this?
July 1, 2012 6:58 PM Subscribe
When I go through periods of working out a lot and eating well, I find myself overly critical of the bodies of people I see in public. What is this and how can I stop?
posted by zutalors! to health & fitness (25 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've been going through a period where I'm trying to eat very clean and well and hit the gym 4-6 days a week. I notice when I ramp up on exercise and eating well, I become really critical of other people's bodies (mostly strangers). I'm not usually this way at all. Today I saw a really overweight woman when I went to buy lunch right after the gym, and almost didn't want to eat anything any more. I was totally grossed out by her. However, this has happened with much thinner people as well, and not just women ( I am a woman). I'll notice flabby stomach or thighs and just be grossed out and feel really critical towards them- having thoughts like "Why don't they take better care of themselves, etc" -- I never think these things normally!
When I've done this before, the feelings usually go away once I've got my fitness routine down and am starting to see my own results. However, these feelings bother me almost to the point that I don't want to work as hard on getting in shape.
I don't want to be feeling this way toward other people, especially to the point where I feel sick about it.
Yes, I'll talk to my therapist about it.