I notice that people who do care about how they look are following misguided ideas, and start turning toward starvation, binge-and-purge, and abusing laxatives. Contrasting, overeating.
Even in the military I see this occasionally among soldiers who have either failed the fitness test. They will embark on a journey of anorexia and sabotage the hell out of their bodies in an effort to meet bodyfat standards.
I can only hope that somehow, some way, the collective in America will discover rational eating habits.
I'm seeing the following in the military gyms, which you all are no doubt seeing in the commercial places yourselves:
Mr. Nitro-Tech: He carries that stupid tub of powder EVERYWHERE. He's drinking the shit at work, home, in the toilet, in the sauna and not building any muscle anyway. He still lives on Hot Pockets, pizza, Coke, and Honey Buns
Captain Pills: He's taking more pills than a schizo in the loony house. He looks sallow from the stimulants that burned up his adrenal glands two years ago and insists he has the formula for his success. Same diet as above with the daily trips to some local fast-food grease joint.
The Runner: This dude doesn't eat. Period. Well over six feet tall, 130-ish pounds, looks like someone with AIDS and may drop dead any second. Runs farther than Forrest Gump yet can't keep up with combat drills during training. Holy hell, give this dude a large steak!
All of these are no doubt perpetuated by whatever publication they prefer, a local idiot, or both.
The other end of the spectrum is the group that makes up the "rest". The dudes wolfing down Doritos, pizza, vending machine food, etc whilst racking up record hours on the game consols in their rooms or on the computer. I seldom see anyone on the basketball courts for entertainment nowdays.
One example that is sticking out is that the Army actually has to recruit obese people just to keep the ranks filling. It's partly because of decline in the recruiting, but also most people were being sent away due to fatness. Additionally this is the same for higher training such as Special Forces. They won't turn you away as often.
They just PT your ass until your not a fatass anymore. I was invited to do the Bataan Death March that happens every year. There is a chance that there won't be enough people to form the team because of laziness or inability to stick to it due to shitty eating habits.