Don't Worry Blog: Body image
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Research by Kings College London shows that children with low self-esteem are overweight as adults, and this link is stronger with women.
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Research shows that 20% of articles in women's health and fitness magazines are devoted to body shaping and weight loss.
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Apparently, since the 1950s, waistlines have gone up from an average of 28 inches then to 34 inches now.
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The beauty ideal changes with fashion
When Rubens was painting, voluptuous women were considered beautiful. Attractiveness stereotypes have been with us for centuries, but the particular ideal changes with fashion.
The current beauty ideal is unrealistically thin. Using younger and younger models, with immature body shapes, demonstrates how unrealistic it is. And as the beauty ideal gets thinner, real women have been getting bigger. So the difference between ideal and actual just keeps growing. In times of famine, people tend to get thin. When food is freely available, people get fat. We in the Western world have easy access to plentiful supplies of the widest range of palatable foods at very low prices. Thus the social pressure to achieve unrealistically thin bodies is even harder because at the same time we are receiving messages to eat. Particularly messages to eat for fun.
To help you maintain a healthy body image in a healthy body, try hypnosis.
The pressure to conform to the impossible stereotypes we are bombarded with on a daily basis is overwhelming and damaging.
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Do you remember the Roly Polys? They were Les Dawson's dance group. Most of them were overweight, one certainly obese, but they danced really well.
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The pressure to be thin
It wasn't always so. Female body shapes are required to change in response to fashion. Which means we must change our bodies in order to meet the fashion. Bodies themselves still come in all shapes and sizes. Thank goodness we don't suffer from fashion in height (though there is some pressure for girls in China to go through suffering in order to lengthen their legs, so maybe that will come.) After the war, when people had been hungry, putting on a bit of plump was a sign that you were doing well again.
We get a lot of information from the media. Some of what we get from the media is what a woman ought to be like.
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Why do we want to lose weight?
In part, it is social pressure coming at us through the media, because even people with a healthy bodyweight want to lose weight.
The charity, Eating Disorder Association, has linked up with Dove, who do the commercials with women of all shapes and sizes, to promote understanding of how the media affects our body image and our self esteem through Body Talk. It is primarily targeted at young people, but there is good material that we can all benefit from.
We all need to understand this, as a negative body image and low self-esteem really does affect our lives deeply.
Well, the simple answer is, when we are feeling good, when things are generally going well. When the ducks are in a row.
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It is now normal for women to feel dissatisfied with their bodies. Even women of normal weight feel their bodies need improvement.
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We often worry that other people think we are fat, when in fact they are not bothered one way or the other.
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Anxiety, depression and negative body image can have an impact on your eating habits and nutrition.
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Will you really? Do you truly believe that all thin people are happy? Women's magazines seem to be full of stories of sad thin (and famous) people.
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Eating and our emotions
Sometimes we eat for emotional reasons. To comfort ourselves. To avoid difficult situations. If we are worried about our weight, this behaviour just makes us miserable. But we still do it.
This blog on the whole gives tips on practical ways to reduce our eating in a sustainable way. But if we talk to ourselves in unhelpful ways, calling ourselves ugly, fat, useless, then we are not feeling emotionally strong enough to focus on our weight.
With hypnosis, you can get yourself emotionally stronger, ready to take on the project of managing our weight. In a businesslike, healthy and calm way, without any nasty name-calling.