Regardless of your body shape, self-respect and self-acceptance are essential to maintaining a healthy body image.
Unfortunately, many people struggle with finding this acceptance and decide their body is too soft, too skinny, not muscular enough, etc. Dissatisfaction may stem in part from a steady diet of media images where bodies seem to be “perfect.” Though many of us recognize that some of these images have been digitally enhanced or that we cannot reasonably achieve model perfection, we still find ourselves believing that it is an attainable goal, if only we’d try harder. Caring about how we look is normal; the challenge is to stay balanced and realistic in our approach to becoming fit and looking and feeling good!
What do you want from the way you look and feel? Do you agree with these statements?
What don’t you want? Are any of these statements true for you?
Reframing Your Body Image! One list cannot automatically tell you how to turn negative body thoughts into positive body image, but it can help you think about new ways of looking more healthfully and happily at yourself and your body. The more you do this, the more likely you are to feel good about who you are and the body you naturally have.
Appreciate and celebrate all of the amazing things your body does for you: running, dancing, breathing, laughing, etc.
Keep a Top-10 list of things you like about yourself – things that aren’t related to how much you weigh or what you look like. Read your list often and add to it as you become aware of new insights.
The Body Image Coalition challenges you to go one week without Fat Talking. Commit by signing the banner on Monday, October 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Founder’s Hall lobby, as we kick off Fat Talk Free Week, October 18 – 22.