Are we becoming body obsessed?

“My curves are healthy and strong and I work hard to feel good in my skin, I work hard to combat the images that make me go inward and destroy my self acceptance/confidence. No longer will I allow those lies to win. Beauty belongs to everyone.” Gina Rodriguez, April 2016

Body image. Everyone is different and that’s what makes us so special. So why are we all striving to look the same, to fit a certain stereotype, to be a certain body shape or even weight?

Body image is something that is becoming an obsession with people all over the world. We are buying into new technologies that help us stay fit, eat healthier meals, loose weight and change our body shape, but are these really helping us to become body confident. I don’t believe that we need to be so obsessive over our bodies, to be confident and happy.

Today, I read an article about a smart 3D body scanning mirror which tracks changes in body shape, weight and muscle. The Naked 3D Fitness Tracker suggests that it helps you to notice the changes in your body faster than any scales or fitness app will. However, I question the need for such technologies, surely focussing on being happy with our reflection in the mirror or being confident in our own body should be our top priority.

I agree with Naked Labs CEO and co-founder Farhad Farahbakhshian that we need to pull away from using weight to determine our body image. A powerful image recently caught my eye, which clearly illustrates that weight is just a number. If you weigh 9.5st it doesn’t mean you’ll look the same as another person who also weighs 9.5st. Each and every one of us distribute fat and muscle differently.

Body image
Source: Biogilates

As this image shows, these lovely women all weigh exactly the same amount, however they are all very different and unique. Not one of them should feel better than the other. Instead of obsessing over new technologies, we should be promoting real women and real body images. We should be helping women to be happy with their own body. Currently, we have lost sight of what really makes us beautiful and we need to move away from focussing so hard on the weight loss or change in body shape and turn our attention to body confidence.

Being healthy is more than just weight. It's a combination of eating healthy foods, maintaining your fitness level and having a good level of self-esteem. On Tuesday, ITV’s This Morning featured three plus-size women, who proudly embrace their body shape and size. They bravely wore their bikinis on national television to demonstrate that body confidence is not determined by weight. They feel confident and happy in their body and believe it is more beneficial to be body confident than it is to obsess over being a certain acceptable weight.

We need to liberate ourselves from the daily weigh-in and focus on being body confident. Each and every man and woman needs to focus on falling in love with their bodies all over again. A happy persons’ beauty will shine from within. As Roald Dahl so eloquently put it A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

 So from this day forward, go out there have good thoughts about yourself, embrace your own body shape and fall in love with your unique attributes. Shine from within.

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