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Feeling Comfortable with Ourselves- a note from PEEPs

Do you know that body image remains a key factor of self-esteem to American women? One study found that 63% of female participants identified weight as a higher factor in determining how they felt about themselves, over family, school, or career. Results from other research reveal that 86% of all women are dissatisfied with their bodies and want to lose weight.[1] Body image is not only what women care about, men too, have ideal body images that they desire and constantly compare themselves to. Every day we may wonder: why don’t I look like those people in the movies and TV shows. The answer may seem easier than you think: because “we” are not “them.”

Here are a few things to consider for helping you feel more comfortable about the how we look the way we are:

  • Appreciate yourself in the mirror: Your body maintains and nourishes your life, with which you are able to experience the world.  Know that human bodies come in different shapes and sizes naturally. [2]
  • Treat your body with love and respect: Find your favorite method of exercise and do it regularly. Be mindful about each meal and choose nutritious food that you enjoy.
  • Understand that emotions are skin deep: Recognize that emotions and feelings underlie a negative body image and a positive body image. Knowing how you feel emotionally at the moment may help identify what actually causes negative experiences.
  • Media is powerful, but our mind can be even more powerful: acknowledge the fact that images portrayed in the media are not the most common body shapes in the population, and it would be mistaken to put such expectations on the majority who are just not that way naturally.

Check out this cute little video – Comfortable: 50 People 1 Question
“If there is one thing you could change about your body, what would you change?”

[1] Nicole Hawkins, PhD, Ways to Overcome a Negative Body Image, http://www.byui.edu/counseling-center/self-help/eating-disorders/negative-body-image
[2] UT Dallas, Self-Help: Body-Image, Counseling Center Resources. http://www.utdallas.edu/counseling/bodyimage/