In our society today, body image has become not only big business, but a big issue as well. Clothing, beauty products, anti-aging products, fitness products and services...we like to look good! And that’s a great thing, when it’s healthy confidence we’re after.
All too often, though, our own body image becomes skewed, and we find we’re not comfortable in our own skin. This is when unhealthy – and even harmful – habits can crop up and become a problem.
Unhappy Self Image
Did you know that studies have shown that children as young as five years old have expressed unhappiness with how their bodies look? Half of all little girls, and one-third of little boys, between the ages of six and eight think they are too heavy and that they should weigh less. Five-to-eight year olds who view their mothers as unhappy with their bodies are more likely to be unhappy with their own.
These study results prove that there is a definite issue with body image that only gets worse as children reach puberty and young adulthood where there is more pressure to look a certain way, to be “cool” and accepted.
What can we do about it?
First, if you’re a parent, have confidence in your own unique look and shape. Strive to become healthier, and let your children see and hear that – not that you’re trying to “lose weight” or “get skinnier”. Project a positive body image yourself, and support your kids in being the healthiest they can be, while being confident in their own skin.
If you’re not a parent, but have an unhealthy body image yourself, practice looking in the mirror and saying, “I am perfect in my imperfection.” There is only one you – and that is a unique and beautiful person who is full of greatness! Positive affirmations will reach your brain on a subconscious level, and make it easier for you to take the action you need in order to make those positive affirmations reality.
Be comfortable and confident in how you look
Learn to recognize negative thought patterns. When you do have a negative thought, stop and recognize it, then turn it around so that it has a positive spin. This one skill will translate into many different areas of your life – not just your body image! You’ll be surprised at how many negative thoughts you have every day – and this gives you plenty of chances to practice positive thinking!
Be comfortable and confident in how you look, and strive to achieve a healthy body, and state of mind!
Beverly Jones-Durr is founder of Every Child Has a Story. Every Child Has a Story is a registered public non profit organization. that was founded on the need for empowering today's youth by becoming the bridge in the proverbial village it takes to raise a child, connecting families in a reciprocal learning experience. Through our programs, Speech Crafters Speech and Debate Club, “The Only Public Speaking Club for Kids and Teens in AL,” and “The Writer’s Vibe, “Empowering the Voices of Today’s Youth through Words,” we build and enhance stellar self-confidence and self-esteem in families across communities. If you would like to help Every Child Has a Story provide continued empowerment, training, workshops, and educational support to children, teens and young adults, please consider volunteering or donate. Your support enables us to continue our mission to enhance and develop the self-esteem, self-confidence and culitivate leadership skills in oral and written communication for children, teens and young adults. Please click here to complete your donation through our secure and easy online donation process. Subscribe to our newsletter so you can receive updates on our successes and development of new programs. I promise we will not spam you. You can also follow Beverly on Twitter, FaceBook and YouTube