Sunday 20 August 2017

Irish fitness expert says 'fitspiration' bloggers are encouraging young men to develop eating disorders

Pat Henry believes are
Pat Henry believes are "going too far and it's dangerous".

Laura Lynott

A top Dublin fitness expert has slammed 'fitspiration' bloggers for "dangerous" posts which they say encourage young men to develop eating disorders.

Pat Henry, who runs the Pat and Karl Henry Fitness Centre in Dublin with his son Karl, hit out at bloggers, who he believes are "going too far and it's dangerous".

"They are giving out all this advice on what to eat, what not to eat, without any real experience and they aren't taking into account each person's body fat, their age, or their mental health. It's wrong," he said.

Mr Henry, who has been in the fitness industry for two decades, said he is seeing young men from 14 to 20 obsessed with what they are eating while in pursuit of the body beautiful.

Pat Henry
Pat Henry

"The bloggers give advice and boys are following it, trying to look ripped, and the problem is this is affecting girls too," he said.

"Girls from the age of 14 to 20 want their boyfriends to have six packs because they're also reading all of this. They think it's normal.

"They want them to look like their favourite movie stars."

The 'fitspiration' websites, often backed by celebrities, have also been criticised in the UK by TV doctor Christian Jessen, who hosts Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies.

Mr Henry told the Herald he "wholeheartedly agrees" with the doctor, saying: "Young boys are cutting out vitamins and nutrients to look muscular."

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