Every day, we are constantly bombarded with images of the perfect and ideal body that we should possess. Thanks to Hollywood and the unrealistic standards that they market, many plus size women (or even those who are already slim) feel deeply insecure and uncomfortable with their bodies. How many stories have we heard speaking of stick-thin models, binge-eating, anorexia nervosa, and even deaths of models who drastically diet? Although these kinds of news have often made headlines, we simply never learn from their stories as many plus size and overweight individuals still resort to rapid weight loss and unhealthy dieting.
My dear folks, listening to all that the media and Hollywood says will only reinforce the “bad feelings” that we already have of ourselves, adding to a negative body image. A negative body image is characterized by a distorted perception of how we really look. Many obese and overweight individuals actually feel this way; and this does not in any way make them confident and proud of themselves as a whole. What plus size individuals should strive for is a positive body image, one that means we recognize our flaws but overall, we still love who we are and appreciate our appearances: fats, sweat, snots, and all.
Uplift your body image! Here are a few tips on how to build a positive body image:
- Focus on your strengths and positive qualities. Create a list of what you love about your body. Focus on your best aspects and dwell on your strengths.
- Limit the amount of time you spend with people who comment on your flaws. Moving on from a negative body image is difficult if you have the persons around you only see your flaws plus it also contributes to a decreased self-esteem.
- Concentrate on your ambitions, dreams, and aspirations. Don’t spend your precious time worrying about superficial things like plus size appearance, being overweight, or your extra large clothes. There are a lot of positive things to think of that can even boost your personality.
- Be fit and healthy. Exercise and physical activities trigger the release of endorphins, the body’s endogenous “happy hormones” that will leave you with a natural high. Of course, a healthy diet also contributes to your general well-being.
- Be comfortable especially with your body. Learn to love your body and see people admire you for your no-“stick-thin” ideals and healthy principles.
Even though you can still find heartless jerks snicker over overweight bodies and extra large clothing, don’t forget to notice that there are more people who don’t (see, society cares!). Take that as an initiative to show who you really are, personality, talent, and more!