July 9, 2013 at 1:32 pm #7893
Many people find Rich Roll’s transformation from a healthy and exceptionally young-looking 40 year-old to an insanely ripped 45 year-old ultra endurance athlete inspiring. I find it really disturbing and sad, like watching old video footage from concentration camps. What do you think. Inspiring or upsetting?
July 9, 2013 at 1:39 pm #7896saisriceParticipant
I know you didn’t ask this question but I’d rather my husband look like the before Rich. That is much more attractive to me and looks like someone I’d want to spend my life with. He looks like someone that I’d feel comfortable with in my bathing suit sharing a drink and some chips on the beach. I don’t want to body-bash the after Rich because if he’s feeling happy and healthy than that’s all that matters, but for me he looks a little extreme and not like he could just relax and enjoy life (that’s me speculating based on my eating disordered past that sucked the fun right out of me).July 9, 2013 at 1:49 pm #7899
I did ask that question on Facebook Saisrice, so I’m glad you chimed in. Definitely better looking in the before pic, especially for women.July 9, 2013 at 2:02 pm #7902johnnymojoParticipant
Even professional photography with enhanced artificial lighting couldn’t make him look much better.July 9, 2013 at 2:26 pm #7910GinaKavorkaParticipant
Wow, not only is he far more attractive before, but he’s quite UNattractive after. So gaunt looking. He can’t be healthy this way…July 9, 2013 at 2:34 pm #7913VizzyCParticipant
I think he would look good in between. I think I have overly high expectations of a man’s physique because I’m not really attracted to them very often. I think most straight women would pick his before picture though.July 9, 2013 at 4:24 pm #7941bigbirdParticipant
He looks like he has an eating disorder/orthorexia/compulsive exercise and OCD which are part of anxiety disorders. He looks physically and mentally ill. People who praise and idolize this look have some issues themselves:-)July 9, 2013 at 5:08 pm #7954Hannah RansomModerator
I like skinny dudes, so I think I’d err on the side of after, but bth look pretty blah to me. If you look at other photos he doesn’t look so skinny.
Obviously whether it’s good for him is only for him to decide. We can’t tell if he is healthier or not by looking at his pics.July 9, 2013 at 5:27 pm #7963ThomasSeayModerator
Interesting to hear different opinions, because there is definitely a “skinny-is-unhealthy” prejudice for the most part on this board. Hannah Ransom is right. We don’t know if he’s healthy or not. I also disagree with Matt on another point. He doesn’t look 50 in the “skinny” photo, in my opinion. Preference of body type obviously is going to vary. The only thing I have to ask is WHY DID HE DYE HIS HAIR? It’s ok to dye your hair pink or red, but dye it sandy brown from black…totally femminucia :)July 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm #7978
I’m not sure it’s possible to be an ultra endurance athlete without doing great physical harm to yourself. I certainly was unable to pull it off no matter how I tried to do it, and I don’t know of anyone who can do these type of physical feats without compromise. So whether he is healthy or not isn’t really much to debate about. He could have been even unhealthier before. I don’t know much about the guy. But I was shocked to see how much he aged in the face/skin in 5 years time, and even more shocked that people were talking about this guy as being “an inspiration.” Dean Karnazes, once considered one of the sexiest men alive, has undergone similar changes and looks really gaunt, emaciated, and leathery now.July 9, 2013 at 5:48 pm #7979
I doubt he dyed his hair Thomas. 10 hours of exercise out in the sun will change hair color a lot.July 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm #8031mangosorbetParticipant
I’m with Matt. It’s upsetting.July 9, 2013 at 8:39 pm #8038bigbirdParticipant
I agree with Matt, especially what he said on the Facebook page. I can’t believe people admire that. They must have never experienced extreme training or dieting to achieve that level of leanness. On the site youreatopia, she says that people are eating disorder wannabe’s. No wonder our society is so obsessed with looks and aging. Crazy and sad.July 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm #8552j-loParticipant
It’s sad to me. As a man who had decades of ED I don’t like seeing this trend in which more and more people are starving themselves and doing harm to their bodies and minds with extreme diets and exercise. I work with a lot of people with anxiety, stress, ED, and other problems in a therapeutic context, and so much of it comes about due to social pressure. I’m tired of seeing people unhappy because they think they should be different because of the cultural trends. In my experience the healthiest and happiest people eat the food and know how to relax and enjoy life. I believe there is a connection.July 12, 2013 at 5:19 pm #8632DutchieParticipant
Looks like,he lost his mind by inhaling too many toxic fumes from the hair dye.
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