Body Image is still the topic of the day. It’s a major issue that affects a lot of people across the world. If you don’t believe this, check out that statistics at http://thebodyimagecenter.com/education-awareness/eating-disorder-statistics/ – The Body Image Center.
- 45% of children in grades 3-6 are unhappy with their body size, CHILDREN!, 70% of women and 43% of men are unhappy with their bodies. Yes this issue affects men, women, and children.
One of the main reasons many of you will want to get on the health track is to look better. Hopefully you will find other reasons too. But you’re not fooling me and I’m not fooling you…many of you will want a better body image. The idea here is that it really isn’t how thin we are, how overweight we are, or how much muscle tone we do or don’t have. Most likely you do not really need a better body. Body Image is about how we actually perceive ourselves and how we perceive ourselves in comparison to others’. Yes it is likely you are comparing yourself to others’.
A recent blog post I read described how even when people are fit, they don’t feel “fit enough”. Because a lot of their focus includes views, then comparison of fitness models, they get sucked into that idea of perfection that is portrayed. Check out Molly at Girls Get Strong. Others’ may simply be focusing too much on people in the media. And despite advances in positive body image, advances in photography and social media and tons of information somehow we still want to believe that we can look like the people in the media. We believe there is some actually perfect body to attain to.
Poor body image isn’t something that just affects overweight people or unhealthy people. I have read stories from the most beautiful people, ones that the rest of us admire, that believe in the same negativity the rest of us fall into. I have heard comments from young, beautiful women and men that boggle my mind. How could they think that about themselves, they look beautiful and healthy with natural muscle tone? Not only that, but they appear to have personality, dedication, and they’re obviously spending part of their life doing something good. Then I go home and look in the mirror….and have to remind myself….