There is a false dichotomy that assumes you and your body are two different things. You and your body however are one and the same, and there is a growing body of scientific evidence to support this claim. In fact there is little if any evidence for anything but this claim.
In a social world where everything is relative, other people will judge you both on what you do and how you look. The only sensible and realistic way to understand how you fit in is be able to see yourself as others see you. (and I’m not talking about your mother or your significant other who see’s you with rose colored glasses on)
I’m talking about everyone else who see’s you objectively with no bias one way or the other.
Weather or not you like it, people will pass a judgment about you as soon as they lay eyes on you and far before they’ve ever had a chance to get to know you. This is the proverbial judging the book by it’s cover (which by the way is exactly what we all do…when was the last time your eyes were drawn to the book with the worst looking cover?)
Likewise if the look and shape of your body changes, people will immediately assume that something has changed in your life.
Whether or not you want to accept that other people will judge you by your appearance is your choice. But that doesn’t change the fact that people do it.
It doesn’t matter how special your mother or your significant other thinks you are. What matters is what you think of yourself. And the way you view yourself will also be reflected in the way you take care of your body.
This brings up an interesting thought experiment, and that is:
If it were somehow possible to live in a society where you were the only human being, would you bother to workout or pay attention to your diet at all?