Let’s face it; it’s hard to be completely happy with every aspect of your body. Ask around, and you’ll find that you’re not alone. Generally speaking, short people want to be taller; tall people want to be shorter; curvy people want fewer curves, and vice versa; people with curly hair want straight hair, and so it goes.
Everyone has feelings and emotions associated with how they look—it’s called body image. It’s normal to be concerned about your appearance; but it’s important for women to keep the degree of concern realistic.
Why? Because standards set by “beautiful women” who grace magazine pages and television ads are becoming more and more unrealistic. It is estimated that young women today see more images of outstandingly beautiful women (thanks to airbrushing, photo editing, etc.) daily than their mothers saw throughout their teenage years. And, less than five percent of the female population actually achieves the current media ideal of thinness. How many women do you know wear a size two or four?
As a result, a lot of women don’t like what they see when they look in the mirror, and many actually see a distorted reflection. They see more pounds and wrinkles, wider hips and a bigger behind than are actually there. Their criticizing minds subconsciously create negative impressions about their bodies based on the impractical images that bombard them every day.
If this happens to you more often than not, it’s time to accept – better yet, appreciate – all that makes your body unique and beautiful. Stop focusing on what you like better on someone else and start loving what you see in the mirror!
The key to having a positive body image is to realistically evaluate your body type and develop a healthy, attitude about that reflection. Start taking good care of yourself, eating healthier and fitting some fun exercise into your life. In this way, you’ll really look and feel better!
So, what if your bathroom scale confirms what you see in the mirror, you’ve tried every fad diet around, and those excess pounds just won’t budge? There is a team of weight loss experts at the St. Mark’s Hospital Weight Treatment Center who can help.
They will tell you about the metabolic issues that lead to obesity and make it extremely difficult to lose weight. This hospital is also a Center of Excellence for Weight Loss Surgery, should that be your best option for finally achieving a healthy weight and doing away with related medical issues like diabetes, high blood pressure and more.
St. Mark’s also offers nutrition classes, seminars, support groups and a Facebook page where you can interact with others who are on the same journey toward a healthier weight. Check out some success videos here.