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Developing a Healthy Body Image

Posted on: June 9, 2010

                     
           Do you avoid looking in the mirror? Are you critical
           of the shape of your body? Do you feel that you can’t
           measure up to our society’s image of what is beautiful?
          
           Your body image is how you see yourself in the
           mirror, picture yourself in your mind, or talk to
           yourself about your body. Having a negative body
           image is a widespread problem for girls. Research says
           that only 9 percent of high school girls are over-
           weight according to medical standards, but four times
           that number think that they are.
          
           This is quite alarming since it points to the fact that
           girls seem to base their unrealistic standards and
           negative body talk on what they see in the media or on
           criticism from family members. Sadly, you can learn a
           lot that is negative about your body from family
           members.  So, its no surprise that you have unhealthy
           ideas about food, weight, and appearance.
          
           However, you can decide to take care of yourself in
           healthier ways by not referring to your body in
           negative terms. Here are a few tips for you to do just
           that.
          
           1.  Don’t beat yourself up about your bodily flaws or
           obsess over them.  Each of you will have different 
           assets and flaws.  Try and focus on your assets and 
           beautiful parts and don’t focus on your flaws.
          
           2.  Watch negative self-talk.  Try not to say anything
           negative about your body. Your body is the temple for
           your soul and because of this it is valuable in its own
           right, regardless of whether or not you measure up to
           another person’s idea of what is right for you.
          
           3.  Try to carry yourself with confidence. Walk tall,
           talk assertively and present yourself in a confident
           world to the world. Think about the amazing things
           that your body can do and compliment your unique
           assets.
          
           4.  Engage in positive self-talk.  Two or three times a
           day, find something nice to say about your body. Learn
           to like yourself. Each of you have something that you
           absolutely love about yourself. Celebrate those things
           as often as possible.
          
           You have a right to be different from what your
           friends and family and the media want you to look like.
           Choose your own body type and live in accordance to it
           without worrying what others think too much. You
           deserve peace of mind.

           ~ Irene

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Irene Roth

Irene S. Roth, Freelance Writer for Teens, Tweens, and Kids

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