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Every epoch lives of contrasts, contradictions and excesses, undergoing, reacting or blending to the consequences. Especially today, where the social networks reign, we are submerged with information, often without any filter, on health themes.

The age of “Beautifulness”

In the last twenty years it seems as if the prophecy of Orwell has come true, with the advent of the internet, the true Big Brother, ready to influence our thinking and acting, under an unconditional control. Control that is increasingly becoming psychological, and that hit the fragility of us all. This time, assisted by DR Claudia Minenna psychologist and psychotherapist in Rome, we are tackling the contemporary concept of wellness, that in the course of the years, has taken on a broader meaning in relation to the idea of absence of diseases, an overall state of physical and psychic health, so as to be often replaced with the term “Beautifulness. The wellness should be perceived as a condition of equilibrium between man and the world, but in reality, in many cases, it is not so. In an attempt to achieve this harmony, we do not always realize being influenced by the society, in responding to specific expectations, forgetting our true core, i.e. what we really are. In this spasmodic research falls at full title the canon of beauty, to be achieved at any cost and with every possible sacrifice, in order to respond to models of tonicity and muscles, to feel perfectly integrated.

Obsessed by the appearance

For this reason, often, we omit to be attentive consumers when purchasing, for example, food, food supplements and anything else that rotates around the aesthetics. Let us not forget that there is a racy and unscrupulous marketing of wellness, which manufactures products with parabens and other similar substances, which are harmful for our health. A poor and an insufficient diet may become the ring of a dangerous chain because the word “must” (be) for too many people is becoming a categorical term. Alienating ourselves, we forget that life is also pleasure and desire of what really makes us feel good. The consequences may only provoke damages to the body, such as anorexia or bulimia, and psychologically, a great sadness, that leads us to progressively keep distance from the others, reaching, in some cases, to a point of no return. We live in a state of deep cultural and moral crisis, a desertification of the consciences, and a lack of education and respect. But the ones that are more attracted in this vortex, are mainly women.

Looking at the billboards, the proposal conveyed, is the one of a woman always in the form, beautiful, also when promoting a product, that then will be worn or used by ordinary women, of natural beauty. Eh yes, because apart from special cases of perfect models, even them, seen from the backstage of a fashion show, confirm of having defects often well hidden by a super thinness, that in general hides everything. Let us not underestimate how much deception there is in Photoshop, a technical feature that, with the use of the computer, improves the image of a body, causing it to be, not always true.


DR Claudia Minenna, on the basis of her own experience, highlights how in all this, there is still an abuse of power by males, which leads many women also to extreme aesthetic choices, confirming their secular role, as a sexual or pleasure and seduction object. Analysing the story, we see that is always the feminine universe that has had to adapt to the times. In the middle ages the model was that of the pale woman, in the Renaissance were valued soft figures, curvy and fleshy, to arrive to the twentieth century and to the fifties with women with the small wasp waist but still covered. Then the revolution of the sixties with the praise of the breadstick and more undressed woman, incarnated by Twiggy, without a doubt the most important model of the period.

The run to surgery

But if we think that the aesthetic research is only and exclusive expression of weak personalities, then we are making a mistake. The career women feel pushed toward plastic surgery because the professional world, even the most qualified, wants the woman to be at her best. In this way, although strong and determined, many give way to the expectations of the society in order to not be removed from their role, because this also happens. Then if they do not find good plastic surgeons not only they are the first to suffer permanent damages but in the best cases, as regards to the face, they are transformed into masks equal to many others. Still too many men underline to their partner the lack of a tonic body while they minimally think about their own possible overweight.

The T factor

Unfortunately, as confirmed by DR Minenna, not the will is not always enough to reach a to be on shape, if we consider the hormonal dysfunctions that affects many women, and that give quite a few problems to the appearance of the body. The reality is that as time elapses, we have life experiences that follow us and today we are not the same as before. And in these cases those who cannot accept themselves resort to psychologists and psychotherapists. This is why the collaboration between doctors, including the nutritionist who, respecting the wise Latin saying “Mens sana in corpore sano“, revaluates the need of some kinds of food which is very important. In fact, we eliminate many kinds food from our tables, thinking that they make us fat, while instead they are fundamental if combined in the right way. By learning to integrate them, they will not be of high-calorie. Eliminating, in fact, means to put the body in conditions to develop real alterations, making us gain or lose weight abruptly.

Unbalanced Diets

One of the major mistakes of the recent diets, say the nutritionists, is to eliminate gluten regardless, preventing the organism to synthesize a substance that in a healthy person is fundamental. Many patients, threated by psychiatrists, assume psychoactive drugs that in certain cases are the cause of an increase in weight. The nutritionist thus becomes a fundamental figure, and of synergistic support for the intake of the right amount of calories.

Who to contact

To conclude it is a good thing to clarify, with a very short vademecum, even on the different professional figures, dedicated to the wellbeing of the person, even if with different basic specifications.

Psychologist. He has a degree in psychology and after an internship in public or private structures, has passed the state examination and he is enrolled to the association of psychologists.

Psychotherapist. He holds a bachelor of psychology or medicine, he underwent a 4 years post university training course and he is enrolled in one of the two professional associations. At the base there is the clinical interview with the patient and the therapeutic relationship.

Psychiatrist. He is graduated in Medicine with specialization in psychiatry. He treats mental disorders from a medical point of view. He can be a psychotherapist and he can prescribe drugs.

Dietician. The dietician has a degree in medicine and a 4 years specialization in food science. He is a doctor who can diagnose, and prescribe drugs and diets.

Nutritionist. More complex figure. He practices only after passing the state examination and being enrolled on the Register of Biologists. He can prescribe diets but not drugs.

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