Despite what popular media tries to shove down our throats, not all bodies are made in the same mold. To help broaden our ideas of what a healthy body can look like, Garage presents The Body Type series, where we feature individuals who come in different shapes and sizes and have a pretty healthy relationship with their bodies. They share what they like about their physical form, how they care for it, and how they keep a healthy self-image.

Earl Espiritu, physical therapist, 6’2″, 160lbs

What do you like the best about your body type?
“I feel like I can work with most looks.”

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What fitness regimen and nutrition plan do you follow to care for your body?
“I normally eat whatever I want since I have a fast metabolism, but I always follow a basic principle of balancing the food I eat with my physical activity.”

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Which celebrities do you find to have a similar body type/shape to yours?
“Cillian Murphy.”

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With the “perfect physique” shown on billboards, TVCs, magazine ads, and other mainstream media platforms, what can people with a different body type do or tell themselves to help keep their confidence and body image intact?
“Each of us has a unique aspect about ourselves that we must truly embrace before we can feel comfortable in our own skin. I know that when it comes to self-esteem, things are much easier said than done, but if we make the effort to accept the bodies that we’ve been given, it won’t matter what anyone else has to say about them. We should all exert confidence by dressing for our body types and believing that we look good.”

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