Y'know what's weird? When people look better in the before picture.
It's actually not weird, because people are pretty, but what's weird is how we perceive ourselves. How we think we need to be different, and how obsessed we become when we're focused on changing ourselves for the new year or whatever. Seriously, I feel like I see it all the time. Someone's posted before and after pictures of their fat-loss progress, and they look cuter, happier, and kinda more vibrant in the poorly coloured and grainy 'before' pic.
And I'm not kidding, I'm not making this up, and it makes me feel a little uncomfortable to write about what I think's attractive (because, y'know, it really has nothing to do with what I generally like to talk about - and your worth as a human has nothing to do with what some stranger thinks about how you look, but we do seem to get caught up in the being validated by strangers thing), but there was this one before pic, and she looked cute, and after the diet, she looked haggard. I have nothing against thin, and nothing against fat, and I know that the way you look doesn't actually reflect what's going on inside, but I wonder at the steps people take in the name of 'health', and more and more I feel like I'm seeing the harmful results of dieting in like, bold capital letters. Metaphorical bold capital letters, but they're big and obvious nonetheless.
But this kindof scratches the surface with all that's wrong about judging someone based on the way they look. How can you make assumptions about someone's health? Really? There's a reason diagnostic measures are so difficult, and even ones based on observation of the body, like you see in Chinese medicine - it requires a helluva lot of training to get it right.