Showing off the upper body is a slightly tabloid move. But it is also a tool that works to spread the good news.
This is a debate post. Opinions in the text are at the writer’s expense.
Winnie Sofie Brækken Stein writes in a Si; D post that she is disappointed with my YouTube videos about a healthier body. She believes that they create unnecessary body pressure and refers to reports that eating disorders among teenagers have increased recently.
Of course, I take the mental health of young people seriously, but I also have obligations to other population groups. My videos are intended for an adult audience. The statistics from the channel show that the largest group of viewers are people from 25 to 50 years.
Coincidentally, I’m sitting in the doctor’s office writing this post between my patients. The first of the day was a 61-year-old man with heart disease. He opened quite spontaneously by saying how much he appreciates that I tell about my own health project on Youtube. It has motivated him to take action himself, and after only two weeks he feels much better. Such feedback warms.
Major health challenges
Obesity, diabetes and heart disease are among the biggest health challenges in society. These conditions cause great suffering and take many lives. It is important to motivate for a healthier lifestyle, so that people can have a better quality of life and health.
And it is precisely health that is talking, not appearance. I point this out several times in my videos.
In one of them I show my blood tests. These reveal that I am about to have a significantly higher risk of both diabetes and heart disease. For me, there will be no more. Daily chocolate and biscuits, as well as lack of physical activity can cause health problems.
Showing off the upper body is a slightly tabloid move. But it is also a tool that works to spread the good news. In my videos, I promote healthy values: simple food grips and sensible physical activity. I advise against extreme diets and talk about the importance of family life. These are good and “down” values, in contrast to much of the speculative one otherwise finds online.
Will spread important information
Then it is worth taking off the shirt for a few seconds to “lure” more people to good health information. The comments below my videos show that many have found great inspiration in my openness. That I am an ordinary man, and nothing different from them. That even a “celebrity doctor” with a lot of knowledge can at times of life make poor health choices.
The fact that people can identify with my situation motivates them to make their own moves. Consideration for the young people’s mental health is of course important. But it is also important to provide important health information to other sections of the population.
Read the Si; D post here:
That’s why I was so incredibly disappointed when Wasim Zahid showed off the “belly fat”