The National Eating Disorders Association states that Tonya, a fashion model, is thinner than 98% of non-modeling women like Marie. What’s more is that Tonya’s body shape is achievable by less than 5% of the entire female population.
With bikini season right around the corner and the issue of body image, weight, and self-esteem circling my group of friends like a predatory bird looking for its next meal, I thought it was appropriate to address this topic.
A few days ago I went over to a friend’s house and she showed me this new exercise program called Insanity. I took the fit test and attest yes, this program was insane. The entrepreneur in me began to speculate how low this creator’s start-up costs were and how much money he is probably making as a result. In fact, NEDA estimates that the dieting industry is a $40 billion industry and what’s more is that 95% people usually regain any weight lost within the next 1-5 years.
The media often gets blamed for this obsession to be skinny and I can understand this correlation. If standards of fitness and beauty were easily achievable would all of these diet and exercise programs sell so many units?
I also agree that the advertisements of beautiful, thin, and perfectly photoshopped folks bombards us day in and day out, but those are all things I do not have control over. What I do have control of is my own well-being.
Who doesn’t want to feel attractive, sexy, desired? What’s interesting is that confidence (whether forced or authentic) plays a huge role in making us attractive to others.
Who will join me in abstaining from making any complaints about the body for two weeks? This means no complaining that my arms are too flabby, my stomach not flat enough, my butt not large enough, or my butt is too large. I mean the list could go on forever if we let it.
Let’s take a step to retrain our brain by wearing a bracelet or rubber band and when we catch ourselves or one another complaining about body image, switch it to the other wrist. This will assist in bringing attention to automatic and habitual reproaches we give ourselves.
**Lesson: The thoughts and statements we repeatedly and unconsciously tell ourselves become truth. Luckily, we can rewrite any body image related truths that do not serve us.
What are your thoughts on body image?
From [Leo Logs] Mirror, Mirror: What Women Really Want?. Vol 1. Issue #10, June 15th 2012