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Building A Positive Body Image
A woman with a positive body image is mentally confident about her shape on the outside and is filled with self-esteem. In other words, confidence shows on her face and in the way that she moves. A woman with a negative body image has an unrealistic image of her shape and size. We notice this in women that are anorexic or women with healthy bodies thinking they are too fat. Often, this is a result of comparing their body to images seen in movies, on television, in magazines or viewed online.
Certainly, this negative body image has a tremendous impact on the way that a woman feels and thinks. Resulting in unhappy feelings, depression, anxiety, and developing bizarre eating habits that dramatically affect their health. Clearly, it is vital for a woman to establish a positive body image early on in life to develop a healthy mental attitude and healthy body.
Take A Look In The Mirror
Take a look in the mirror. What do you see? Are you happy with the image that is reflected in the mirror? The fact is that most women are emotionally crippled with negative views about their body. This poor body image is primarily due to societal pressures to look a certain way. Living up to this ideal image is difficult.
The beauty and diet industry is well aware of this fact because it drives their industry and produces great profits for them. You've probably noticed that we live in a society that actively promotes looking young and wearing a size that only a barbie doll could wear. This is a disastrous message that drums a message in the head of women that they are too fat and that the aging process spells disaster for any woman beyond a certain age. Consequently, women buy beauty products and cosmetics to preserve their youth. Women constantly diet to match societies version of beauty.
Do You Like What You See
Body care promotes loving the image looking back at you in the mirror. It all begins with changing your attitude about your body. It's not about looking thin or living up to society's idea of beauty. It's about living a healthier lifestyle. For example, eating healthy and nutritious foods to promote strong bones, healthy skin, and hair. Exercising on a regular basis to build self-esteem, energy, and a strong body. And it is also about promoting ways to get more rest to reduce the stress that fatigues the body.
“To lose confidence in one’s body is to lose confidence in oneself.”
― Simone de Beauvoir
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