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The Real Reason Women Donít Like Their Bodies

Did you know that only about 50% of women like their bodies? And if a woman doesnít like her body, then she is less likely to eat healthy, exercise and take care of herself. This increases the likelihood of weight gain, fatigue, depression and poor muscle tone which will fuel the negative cycle.

The problem is that women are social creatures who are competitive. They tend to like their bodies if the people in their social group accept them for who they are and interact positively with them. However, if there is a mean girl spirit in their social network or a family member who makes them feel inadequate physically, then they will internalize the criticism and lose their personal empowerment. Once this happens, a woman can develop eating disorders, get addicted to cosmetic surgery and aesthetic procedures or self-soothe with junk food.

How to like your body:Tracy Tylka, associate professor of psychology at Ohio State University, claims that Body Mass Index does not affect womenís like or dislike of their body as much as previously thought. The culprit here is family, friends and the media. I wish to add, ďNo one can trivialize you, but you. Inevitably some people will line up behind you while others wonít. Whatís important is that you are in good alignment. Make your activities and relationships self affirming.Ē

For more information on managing your stress and reclaiming your life read my book, Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life. To listen to archived radio shows with guest experts visit Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show

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