How much do your efforts to "look good" support your efforts toward optimal health. Do you think that it's possible that you undermine your health to achieve a certain look? Has the line between beauty and health been blurred? Do you think that because you look good that you are healthy?
This is not a question about "other" people or an observation about anorexic models on the runway in Milan. Among many Paleos there is something of an obsession with being skinny/low fat. Is it healthy? I briefly succumbed to this mania, tried VLC, and it wasn't pretty. As I described here, I wasn't pooping, sleeping and my libido started to flag. So you're walking around the Santa Cruz Boardwalk dead tired and constipated but don't those washboard abs look great! What's worse, some hottie decides to pony you up, but you're hanging like a weather vane on a windless day in July. I could just think this is peculiar to me, but I've read too many corroborating posts here and elsewhere...and not all of them were by the old and decrepit like me :) At some point (6,7,8,9, 10 percent bodyfat) it affects you hormonally. At what point this occurs varies according to the individual.
Now that was mostly aimed at men, but a similar tale could be told about women, I am sure. And by the way, WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO THE FEMINIST CRITIQUE of all this? It's a good and natural thing to want to be attractive, but at some point you give up real health for the simulacrum of health. However, for those of you who are so dependent on the male gaze for your sense of self-esteem, let me tell you something: a lot of us don't really find skinny women attractive. Personally, I like a little FAT-BACK. Maybe it does something for certain battered male egos, but when I take the plunge I don't like to feel the mattress coils. OUCH
Are all of these bootcamps healthy? If you are over 35, do you think that endorphin hit trumps the chronic inflammation? Take another swig of the fish oil, buddy. You're going to need it. I was about to take YET ANOTHER swipe at Crossfit, but I'll take one at myself instead. How healthy are those hard-core workouts I am doing? Get over your mid-life crisis already, I'm 51! Sure. My squats and deadlifts produce a nice, bulbous rump that all the fly paleo chicks want to bite ;), but is it worth the inflammation?
Look, I like to pass on my jeans as much as anybody, so my answer might be, "Hell Yeah!" The point is to make that decision consciously. To be aware of what is truly healthy and what appears to be healthy (but isn't really) and make a decision based on that.