Paige opens up about the pressure of body image on Love Island
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But attitudes may change – here’s why
whether you see love island Or not, you can’t deny that this is a pop culture phenomenon.
The show – which stars the couple in an attempt to find “The One” – is filmed in Mallorca and often airs scenes where contestants are wearing only bikinis or swimming trunks.
It’s no surprise that contestants often feel pressured to look a certain way or change their physical appearance before a show.
A whole host of former islanders have spoken out about how it affected their mental health – last year’s winner Millie Court “felt the need to lose several pounds” but said that “she was sad while doing it. “
Doctor Alex George has said that he restricted his diet and trained more than before appearing on the show – adding that he now looks back and “wish[es that he] He didn’t do all that.”
After this year’s show, contestants Paige Thorne and Adam Collard have both revealed how millions of people felt seeing them on national television in their swimwear.
But it looks like Peggy wasn’t as impressed as previous contestants—which marks a positive change in behavior.
while she shared Cosmopolitan UK That she had hired a personal trainer a few months before entering the villa, she admitted that when she tried, she didn’t stay with him for long, because she simply didn’t enjoy it.
“Well, I started off really well,” she said as she felt the pressure to prepare the body. “I was like ‘Okay I’ll get a PT, I’ll get in shape’ and I started it about two months ago. Then the closer I got to Villa, I gave up all hope. I tried. Thought process was there.”
Adam said he felt more pressure in previous years. “I feel in general, I would probably – definitely – stress about it.”
He continued, “I did it the first time I went to Villa, but I was fine this time because I bailed out my best friend, who was going to do Ironman. So I was like four months into training and then the clear. got the call 12 days ago [the Ironman] To return to the villa. ,
While these are just the opinions of the two contestants and some might still feel the pressure, it is good to see more people feeling more comfortable in their presence before the show comes on. Also, if she didn’t enjoy it then congrats to Paige for not continuing with PT – Exercise should be about moving your body in a way that makes you feel good and promotes both your physical and mental health.
Here’s not to feeling like you need to change your body for anyone, or for any show – even if it airs across the UK. All bodies are unique and should be celebrated, whatever their shape or size.
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