“I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself”
Today is International Love Your Body day. Spearheaded by the NOW Foundation, the Love Your Body campaign “encourages women and girls to celebrate their bodies and reject the impossibly unhealthy measuring stick displayed on billboards, magazines and screens.” I say, HECK YEAH!
80% of US women are “dissatisfied” with their appearance, according to NOW. Sadly, this statistic isn’t surprising. Our role models for beauty are Hollywood stars who lose all their baby weight six weeks post-partum and glamorous models asking us “Why grow old gracefully?” in the Oil of Olay ads. (I seriously have never understood that campaign, why is graceful bad again?)
However, what is really alarming is how our poor body image attitudes are affecting the youngsters, the next generation of women.
If you’re a mother, mentor, teacher, sister, and/or just work with young girls: I have a favor to ask. Please be aware of their growing and expanding Psyches. Watch how harshly you criticize yourself – be aware that she is listening and could potentially model your behavior. For example, I’ll never forget my 4th grade girlfriend telling me she was on a diet and then asking me what I weighed.
“I don’t know, who cares?” I replied.
“Because, when you’re a grown-up, you have to know your weight cause you’ll be on a diet like my mom.”
FYI, neither my friend or her mother were overweight.
I’ve been pretty upfront about my body confidence on this blog. It’s not easy though, folks. Honestly it’s a challenge to focus on the positives and ignore the negatives, but, it’s hard work that’s incredibly rewarding. I wasted much of my 20’s worrying about my body and you couldn’t pay me to be that insecure 23 year old again.
So for International Love Your Body Day, I have a call-to-action for all of you out there: when you look yourself in the mirror today, give yourself a compliment instead of a criticism. That’s right: instead of “I wish my hips were more narrow” replace it with “My hips are strong, they allow me to get from point A to point B, and display my gorgeous lady curves”.
To support NOW and see how you can support the Love Your Body campaign visit their website here.