Experts have attacked seemingly “natural” fitness influencers who “scam” followers online – revealing how to spot a fake.
Signs of “change” are often hard to see in photographs, so influencers can get away with passing on their enhanced bodies as their own – but experts have revealed that “disproportionate” muscles or curves are a sign they’re fake.
Speaking to FEMAIL, plastic surgeon Dr. Paul Banuel, explained that the problem is driven by social media, which focuses on appearance rather than true physical well-being.
He said, “We live in a digital world so focused on the image that we sometimes forget the real reason why it is so important to include exercise in our lives – for our health and mental well-being.
I think plastic surgery is becoming more and more popular in the fitness industry where people’s bodies are the USP. I think that unfortunately, it’s all too common for fitness influencers – sometimes even unintentionally – to deceive their audience.
Whether they use filters to change the shape and shape of their bodies and faces, they have undergone a range of cosmetic procedures from surgery to alterations in order to achieve the look they have or even they distort the shape of their bodies using camera angle tricks when taking pictures.
“So we are now in a world where we are constantly bombarded with ideals of body image that are not necessarily natural or achievable.”
Experts have attacked seemingly “natural” fitness influencers who “scam” followers online – revealing how to spot a fake. Above, a file photo showing some of the most common actions women perform. There is no indication that the model has undergone surgery
Why do influencers have weakness?
Dr. Banwell said that some influencers, such as regular social media users, have distorted their ideas of the ‘ideal’ body by seeing too many images of the altered body.
Others may want to raise themselves above the competition to secure lucrative brand sponsorship or partnership deals.
He said, “I think the desire to sponsor, sell merchandise, and gain followers plays an important role in influencers’ decision to stop being normal, but I think another big influence is the role of social media in posting pictures of people who have that — called “perfect” bodies that It is then considered the norm.
“This means that influencers, like others, use these as a norm for normalcy, when in reality it’s not the norm for most people.”
Personal trainer in US TV Jillian Michaels, founder of the Jillian Michaels app, agreed, saying, “Money is a huge motivator in all industries and making it into the fitness industry can be challenging.
The fitness industry is one of the most competitive industries, so younger people trying to get out of the house will of course try to find a way to stand out. If massive muscle gets you a paying job for a protein powder or recovery drink, it’s clear that many young men are inclined to go this route.
But she noted that while social media gives people a new platform to promote their “supernatural” body, “selling snake oil in the fitness and nutrition industry has been an old practice.”
Television personality Jillian Michaels said that men who use steroids appear to have swollen muscles and look more plump. There is no indication that the male model used steroids
HOW TO DISCOVER TWEAKMENTS
Dr. Banwell explained that some modifications, like anti-wrinkle injections and fillers, are subtle, while others like breast augmentation or liposuction are more obvious.
Is it too good to be true? Signs of an Orange Man Actually on Steroids
Gillian said men who have improved their appearance are notable because their muscles often appear swollen. Here are some warning signs:
- ‘Superhero’ muscles, especially shoulders that appear ‘puffy’
- Skin appears taut and firmer
- Disproportionate musculature, which can create a cartoon appearance
- Men sometimes get gynecomastia – an enlargement of the chest tissue that causes the nipples to turn downward
- Acne and stretch marks are common side effects
Gillian said: Buttock implants and butt injections are the most common among women. This is obviously done to achieve the bubble look. I also see removing the lower rib to make their waste look small.
It’s a cartoonish look for a petite waist and massive booty that she would totally rock out. If a girl is very skinny and has very little body fat, she is less likely to get a huge booty – which requires a good amount of body fat.
She said men who have enhanced their appearance are notable because their muscles often appear swollen.
Gillian said: “When it comes to men, the most common thing you see on social media is hypertrophy (superhero muscles). This is achieved through steroids. Guys can certainly build beautiful muscular bodies, but that super bulky look – the shoulders look swollen – comes from steroids.
‘If someone looks superhuman – they are. Steroids have some very telling tale signs. The skin often appears taut and smoother. There are asymmetric muscles that can create a cartoonish appearance. For example, the shoulders are massive and expand wider than the triceps, or the man gets huge traps.
Sometimes men develop gynecomastia – an enlargement of the chest tissue that causes the nipples to turn downward. Severe acne and stretch marks are also signs, but they will likely be caught in a social post.
Vlad Yudin, director of the bodybuilding documentary series Generation Iron, explained that it can be hard to tell who’s normal just by looking at the photos.
People are quick to accuse someone of lying on social media, but the truth is, it’s hard to tell just by looking at a picture and making that verdict. It is important to mention that the use of anabolic steroids for fitness purposes is illegal in the United States.
Peter said that many people don’t realize that they won’t be able to achieve the same look as their favorite influencer naturally, because headlines like “How to Get Big Biceps in 30 Days” make people buy products or fitness plans with ease. file image
Peter said that many people don’t realize that they won’t be able to achieve the same look as their favorite influencer naturally, because headlines like “How to Get Big Biceps in 30 Days” make people buy products or fitness plans with ease.
“The real danger is what you can do in the long run to people’s mental health,” Peter said.
Dr Ball added: “The pandemic and the associated lockdown have highlighted body dysmorphic disorder as people are becoming more aware of their bodies than ever before.
You can have cosmetic treatments that will make you feel better but we need to make sure these demands are not unreasonable.
Personal trainer for American TV Jillian Michaels
You can have real problems and still have body dysmorphic disorder, and people with body dysmorphic disorder have problems that need correcting, but they are not always happy with that correction.
There are a variety of mental health issues from a mild desire to look and feel better to real mental health issues with depression and so on.
But then you could have body dysmorphic disorder which is a different problem with abnormal perceptions of a body part. Some of these people need treatment and have a well-founded desire for treatment but are still unhappy afterward.
If the surgeon or plastic practitioner identifies anything of concern about abnormal perceptions or unrealistic expectations, I will refer them to our psychologist, Jaylene Toddhop. With treatment, it can be improved.
How to treat it
Dr. Paul said: “I think it is important to normalize the conversation surrounding surgical intervention – no matter who we are. Celebrities in particular have a platform where they can help people make informed and informed decisions rather than leaving them to try to keep them under a veil of secrecy.
For example, Angelina Jolie’s openness about a preventive double mastectomy and subsequent breast reconstruction surgery has helped many women around the world overcome their fear of what can often be a life-saving surgery.
With that said, I know myself that patient confidentiality is key and it’s important to remember that influencer or not, everyone has concerns and things they might want to change with surgery – it might not be something they want to talk about openly and that’s fine too.