The internet is overflowing with articles and blogs on weight loss, YouTube will show you thousands of weight loss programs and diet videos, billboards and TV screens are plastered with advertisements marketing various products and clinics that will help you lose weight- the world seems obsessed over losing weight.
While obesity due to modern lifestyle choices and societal expectations of runway-ready figures are legitimate issues that must be combated, this often happens at the cost of turning a blind eye to a demographic that is struggling to gain weight.
If you resonate with this struggle, fret not- you’re not alone. In fact, there is a considerable proportion of the population who are ectomorphs naturally inclined towards a skinny build and high rate of metabolism.
No matter how much you stuff yourself with food, you never seem to put on the pounds. While your friends may occasionally comment on how jealous they are of your lean build, you may often feel insecure about your figure.
Societal expectations of the ‘ideal body type’ is a double-edged sword that is targeted at making one feel insecure about themselves- if someone is on the hefty side they feel compelled to lose weight, but if you’re naturally skinny, you aren’t left off scot-free either.