ZDF documentary shows how the fitness influencer is doing today

ZDF documentary on fitness influencers

Goodbye to self-optimization: This is how Sophia Thiel is doing today

More and more beautiful, stronger, slimmer, healthier: the desire for self-optimization has us firmly in its grip. Sophia Thiel can also sing a song about the pressure of constantly having to improve. More than two million people follow her on YouTube and Instagram, even though the fitness influencer retired from social media overnight in 2019. The comeback came in February 2021, when the 27-year-old She publicly declared that she had the eating disorder Bulimia Nervosa, which is mainly characterized by sudden and severe binge eating.

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Even as a child, Thiel was not comfortable with her body, and as a social media star, her poor self-image worsened despite her supposedly better shape. “She trained almost every day and didn’t give me anything. If I don’t feel like it today, I’ll just laze around on the couch,” explains Thiel now in the movie “37°” “The Me-Measurers: Self-optimization at any cost?”

It was only in the summer of 2020 that she found a connection with herself again thanks to therapy: she stopped looking only at her weight and body fat percentage. Thiel no longer wants to be so heavily influenced by the world of social media. Instead, she only uses platforms like Instagram when she really wants to, and uses other hobbies to relax: “Ice bathing is like meditation for me, I can relax and I’m alone.”

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With hyperbaric chamber and electro-ring to the best me?

Andreas Breitfeld also considers an ice bath in the morning to be indispensable. For the 48-year-old, however, it’s not about escaping the world of constant self-improvement. Quite the contrary: he is a biohacker, also known as “ego Surveyor”. For the documentation of him, Uta Meyer-Boblan and Heike Dickebohm accompanied the Munich resident in his daily rituals.

This includes waking up at 6:30 am every morning, eating only one meal a day, and inhaling pure oxygen in a hyperbaric chamber. “For me it has an invigorating effect and it has the effect of a double espresso,” says the father of the family. Day and night, he wears an electronic ring that measures his vital signs: pulse, heart rate, stages of sleep and activity. For Andreas Breitfeld, all of this has long been a part of everyday life and in the meantime he has even turned his passion for biohacking into a career and founded a lab where other self-optimization fans can also try out his numerous tools. For him it is clear: there are no longer limits to the improvement of the body and mind.

“37th: The I-Measurers: Self-optimization at any price?”on April 19, 2022 at 10:35 p.m. on ZDF

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