Every BODY is Different

Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.

~Kahlil Gibran

Real Women ~ Dove Campaign

It is important to remember that every body is different. Even if everyone started eating the same things and did the same amount of exercise for a whole year, we would not all look the same at the end of the year. This is because each person’s genetics influence their bone structure, body size, shape, and weight differently.

Your “ideal” body weight is the weight that allows you to feel strong and energetic, and lets you lead a healthy, normal life. When searching for your ideal weight, don’t rely on charts, formulas, and tables to dictate what’s right for you. Instead, eat balanced meals full of nutritious foods and enjoy regular, moderate exercise. Avoid comparing your body with your friends’ bodies or the people you see in advertisements and on TV.

What is Body Image?

Body image is…

  • How you see yourself when you look in the mirror or when you picture yourself in your mind.
  • How you feel about your body, including your height, shape, and weight.
  • How you feel in your body, not just about your body.
  • What you believe about your own appearance (including your memories, assumptions, and generalisations).

Negative body image is…

  • A distorted perception of your shape – you perceive parts of your body unlike they really are.
  • You are convinced that only other people are attractive and that your body size or shape is a sign of personal failure.
  • You feel ashamed, self-conscious, and anxious about your body.
  • You feel uncomfortable and awkward in your body.

Positive body image is…

  • A clear, true perception of your shape – you see the various parts of your body as they really are.
  • You celebrate and appreciate your natural body shape and you understand that a person’s physical appearance says very little about their character and value as a person.
  • You feel proud and accepting of your unique body and refuse to spend an unreasonable amount of time worrying about food, weight, and calories.
  • You feel comfortable and confident in your body.
  • People with negative body image have a greater likelihood of developing an eating disorder and are more likely to suffer from feelings of depression, isolation, low self-esteem, and obsessions with weight loss.
Try to remember that we are all naturally different which means we all have special qualities about us.

Make a list of your strengths, and leave a comment on my blog about what you like and what makes you unique.