Promoting Healthier Body Image
Body Image is defined as the mental representation of your physical self at
any given point in time.
Body image refers to how you see yourself, how you feel others perceive you, and
what you believe about your physical appearance. Body image is influenced more
by self-esteem than by how physically attractive you are to others. It is how
YOU feel about and in your body.
According to recent survey, about 60%-70% of women are dissatisfied with their
weight, and 50%-60% are dissatisfied with overall appearance. The ultra-thin
standards of the fashion and magazine industry influence girls and women, in
terms of their body image and vulnerability to developing
Today's generation is "growing up in the culture of dangerously skinny."
Essentials to developing healthy body image include:
plenty of rest
Eating healthy can promote healthy
hair, along with
bones; exercise has been showed to increase self-esteem, self-image, and
energy; and plenty or
rest is the key to stress management - all of these
can make you feel good about your body.
Steps towards developing a healthy body Image
Always remember, healthy bodies come in all shapes and
and nurturing a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial
to your happiness and wellness! Be realistic about the size you are. Your
size is likely to be based on your genetic and environmental history.
dieting; avoid participating in the diet culture. This does not
preclude striving to
eat healthy foods, but dieting solely to
can be very unhealthy and, for many, is futile.
Healthy eating and dieting
are definitely not the same.
Listen to your body; eat when hungry and stop when full.
Avoid labeling food as ‘good’ and ‘bad’. Food is not a moral issue.
Try a new physical activity just for fun, not to lose weight. Stop
weighing yourself, and change your goal from weight loss to improving your
health. Exercise has been showed to increase self-esteem, self-image, and
energy level. Research shows that exercising women of all ages are generally
more positive about their bodies than non-exercisers. However women who
exercise primarily for weight and appearance concerns, tend to have a poorer
body image and are more likely to have problems with their eating behaviour,
than those who are motivated by other reasons, such as health and
Try not to use the words "fat", "ugly", or "disgusting" to describe
yourself or others.
Show respect for other women's work and accomplishments instead of
talking about how they look.
Consider not having scales in your home.
Learn to manage stress in your life. Ask for support and encouragement
from friends and family when life is stressful.
Become media savvy and educate yourself about the hidden powers of
Advertisers spend tons of money on strategies especially designed to make
you feel there is something wrong with you, thus making you feel deficient
by comparison. Never forget that how you look is only one part of who you
are. Develop a sense of identity based on all the many things you can do,
the values you believe in, and the person you are deep inside.
We wish you a fresh and inquiring mind, body, spirit and soul. Don’t live a
trivial life. Live a well rounded life. You’ve got just the body your mother
line sent to you over thousands of generations. Don’t let corporate advertisers
rape you of your inner or outer self. Enjoy.