"To lose confidence in one's body is to lose confidence in oneself." -Simone de Beauvoir
Our culture has a body image disorder.
It is hard to live in our modern world and not catch it - from friends, social media, commercials, magazines, the health industry.
Social comparison is a big driving force in our lives, and it is human nature to want to fit in and be a part of the tribe.
However, body image is really just my judgment about my body, which stems from my thoughts.
So BODY IMAGE = MY THOUGHTS ABOUT MY BODY.
However, my thoughts, whether positive or negative, are not existential truths. They are just my thoughts about how my body looks to me, not how it actually looks, and I would be able to find lots of people on either end of the spectrum, who agree or disagree with me.
There is no ideal body that would make us happy for the rest of our lives. Even super models often have low body confidence. Cindy Crawford once famously said, “I wish I looked like Cindy Crawford,” referring to the photoshopped images of her pictures.
According to Meagan Ramsey, low body confidence spills over into the rest of our lives, undermining academic achievement and our health, leading to lowered self-esteem, greater risk for depression, and in turn taking more risks, such as alcohol and drugs, crash dieting, unprotected sex and self-harm.
However, educating for body confidence and developing strategies to overcome these pressures while also addressing our thoughts and feelings below the surface, can counter this unhealthy trend in our society. As moms, we also have to step up our game, deal with our own issues, and become better role-models for our daughters.
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