We women are obsessed with our bodies. Whether it’s our wrinkles or our butts or our lovely varicose veins, we can’t stop critiquing and trying to improve. To wit:
- Americans spend more than 40 billion a year on diet and beauty products
- 8 out 10 women are not happy with at least one aspect of their physical appearance
- The average American woman is 5’4″ and 140 pounds
- The average American model is 5′ 11″ and 117 pounds
- The current media ideal of thinness is achieved by less than 5% of the female population
And it gets worse. We pass along our obsession to the next generation:
- More than 50% of 10-year-old girls wish they were thinner
- 80% of 10-year-old girls have dieted and 90% of high school junior and senior women diet regularly
- Young girls are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer, or losing their parents
What to do about it? Here are 3 simple things we can all do to feel better about ourselves in no time:
- Stop the beat-down- Would you ever tell your boss she looked fat in that dress or your friend she had sausage legs? The answer is probably no, so extend the same courtesy to yourself. ”Treat yourself as you would treat others, and you’ll find negative thoughts will lessen over time,” explains Leslie Goldman, body image expert.
- Get rid of all the things that make you feel less than- negative friends, fashion mags with photo shopped supermodels, or TV shows that portray unrealistic women with unrealistic lives.
- And most importantly, don’t compare yourself to others. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes!
And what can you do for the girls in our lives?
- Compliment them on qualities other than looks.
- Talk about the unrealistic sizes of women in the media.
- Encourage them to get moving and get messy.
How do you help the women around you feel better about themselves? Please share your strength!
We know that many of our readers have causes that are near and dear to their hearts. Many of you are animal lovers and volunteers. My mother’s favorite cause is breast cancer research, as she is a survivor. Yay Mom!!! Yesterday, we wrote how we will walk for cancer next weekend in Georgie Anderson’s honor.
So today’s question…what is your favorite cause and how do you support it? Please feel free to leave as much information as you want, including links and contact information. Maybe some of us would like to join you!
“From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” ~ Arthur Ashe
Fee & Becky