What is body image?
According to online sources,Body image is how you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind.
It encompasses three things:
-What you believe about your own appearance (including your memories, assumptions, and generalizations).
-How you feel about your body, including your height, shape, and weight.
-How you sense and control your body as you move. How you feel in your body, not just about your body (this is important, keep reading)….
Most people either have a Negative Body Image, or a Positive Body Image.
These are the FACTS:
-1 in 5 women are satisfied with their body.
-42 percent of first- to third-grade girls want to lose weight, and 81 percent of 10-year-olds are afraid of being fat
-Two-thirds of girls in the 5th to 12th grades said that magazine images influence their vision of an ideal body, and about half of the girls said the images made them want to lose weight
-By adolescence, studies show that young people are receiving an estimated 5,260 “attractiveness messages” per year from network television commercials alone.
According to Teen magazine, 35 percent of girls ages 6 to 12 have been on at least one diet, and 50 to 70 percent of normal-weight girls think they are overweight…
Research indicates that exposure to images of thin & young female bodies are linked to Depression, Loss of Self-Esteem, & the Development of Unhealthy Eating Habits in Women AND Girls…
SO what does this mean?…
The media DOES impact Woman’s Body Image significantly and it can affect a woman’s physical AND mental health in a negative way…
so why should we listen to the media when its false??
It’s time to stop listening to the media, looking a fashion magazines & comparing yourself to the size 0 models on paper…It’s time to BE HAPPY IN YOUR OWN SKIN!
Its time to be true to yourself, It’s time to be real!
Here are what some celebrities are even saying about themselves who are constantly in the media:
“I have a crumble baby belly, boobs are worse for wear after two kids… I’m doing all right. I’m 33. I don’t look in the mirror and go, “Oh, I look fantastic!” Of course I don’t. Nobody is perfect. I just don’t believe in perfection. But I do believe in saying, “This is who I am and look at me not being perfect!” I’m proud of that.”-Kate Winslet (actress)
“People are starting to go on about my weight but I’m not going to change my size because they don’t like the way I look.” – Adele (singer/songwriter)
“Accept yourself. Love your body the way it is and feel grateful towards it. most importantly, in order to find real happiness, you must learn to love yourself for the totality of who you are and not just what you look like.”- Portia De Rossi (actress)
“Girls see enough of this body that we can’t imitate, that well never be able to obtain, these unrealistic expectations..it’s better to look strong & healthy.”- Jennifer Lawrence
“God made a very obvious choice when he made me voluptuous; why would I go against what he decided for me? My limbs work, so I’m not going to complain about the way my body is shaped.”- Drew Barrymore
“I might have a little bit of cellulite. I might not be toned everywhere. I might struggle in this area or that. But accepting that just empowers me. I feel proud if young girls look up to me and say, ‘I’m curvy, and I’m proud of it now.'”- Kim Kardashian
“My smile is my favorite part of my body. I think a smile can make your whole body. I want women to know that it’s ok. That you can be whatever size you are and be beautiful inside and out.”- Serena Williams
“Being pregnant finally helped me understand what my true relationship was with my body—meaning that it wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit. I was like, ‘Look, I can carry a baby! I’m gaining weight right, everything’s going well.’ And I’ve had that relationship ever since.”- Amy Adams
“I was one of the only girls in my high school that didn’t get a nose job. And if anybody needed it, I probably did. I’m proud to be on a positive show and to be a voice for girls and say, ‘You don’t need to look like everybody else. Love who you are.”-Lea Michele
“Confidence is sexy, I’m comfortable with my body and not afraid to show it off.”-Sofia Vergara
“The more I like me, the less I want to pretend to be other people.”-Jaime Lee Curtis
And I am saying this…
Body Confidence does not come from trying to achieve the ‘perfect body’ , it comes from embracing and celebrating the one you’ve already got!
I am starting a movement…For everyone out there who is afraid, don’t be, you are beautiful the way God made you and you are loved just the way you are.
So Get in front of the Camera and Exist in Photographs for your children & for generations to come!…..watch this video….