6 Strategies To Boost Your Body Image And Self-Esteem

Body Image and Self-Esteem

I'm going to ask you a question: what part of your body do you hate?

I bet you had an answer in a nanosecond.

In fact, I bet you've stood in front of the mirror and stared at the body part, despising its unwelcome attachment to you. You've probably tried to suck it in, tighten it, look at it from a more flattering angle -- all in an attempt to make yourself feel better.

Maybe you even have multiple body parts you can't stand. Maybe you hate your entire body. If so, you aren't alone. Repeated studies show that the vast majority of women don't like their bodies. According to a Glamour magazine survey of more than 300 women of varying sizes, women have 13 negative thoughts about their bodies a day on average. That's about one negative thought for every waking hour.

The current media ideal for women’s bodies and overall appearance is achievable by less than 2% of the female population.The average female fashion model wears a size two or four, while the average American woman wears a size 12 to 14.   (more…)

How to Love Your Body Image

When I was 17, I found a stretch mark on my thigh — the result of a rapid growth spurt. I agonized for days over that stretch mark, and even cried when showing it to my mom in my great distress. She laughed a little at my angst, but to me, it was one of…  Continue Reading