Admit it, when you’re at the store and waiting in the line, you look at the magazines while waiting your turn. You look at the beautiful, talented, famous people plastered on the pages and in your mind you start thinking about your body, looks, and how people see you and most importantly how you see yourself. While some can put the magazine down and go back to normal life, others began to obsess over every feature of their body and wish they looked that perfect. They look in the mirror and only see flaws, ugliness, imperfections etc. that make them feel lower than anything in the world. They become self-critical of every part of their body, when in reality there is nothing wrong with them. They start to pay more attention to every detail of their body, becoming obsessed with become perfect. Sayings like “You’re perfect the way you are”, “Oh don’t look at those magazines, you’re not like them”, “You’re prettier, smart, and way more than they could ever”, and other compliments like that only perpetuate the obsession and make it worse. People who suffer from eating disorders, don’t believe those thoughts and in some cases, it can cause more harm than help.
The stats on body image issues are staggering and most body image issues, end up resulting with the individual developing some type of eating disorder. Because of the constant pressures of society, and what is seen in the media has a bigger effect and damage than people think. In a society, that is diverse such as America, we are always in a constant stage of how people view us, how we view ourselves, and how we can improve and be a better person. But, sometimes, we look at the mirror and see things that aren’t there. Things that can become intrusive thoughts, and can be difficult to forget and can be even harder to transform into positive body image thoughts.
The pressures to be thin, beautiful, and be surrounded with people that like you and want to be around you is very big. But, even if they like being around you that doesn’t mean they are there for the real you. Once, a person has a thought about something especially body image, it can be hard to change that thought or even forget about it. How would I? Since the age of 14, I’ve struggled with my body image, and the constant pressures of society and wanting to be perfect did enough damage on me. This is how many people feel around that age, and once those thoughts develop then they can develop unhealthy behavior. That unhealthy behavior can become destructive & that individual can develop an eating disorder. All genders are prone to this, body image issues can affect anyone and everyone in the world, but women are primary associated with having body image issues. This is true is some regard but all genders can be prone to body image issues. IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE.
It can be hard to change your perception of how you look at yourself, but with help and support you can do it. Society needs to open up and realize that body image is a huge epidemic in this country and look at it with understanding, compassion, and empathy. We need to focus our attention on educating people to love their bodies and not strive for perfection because in reality, perfection is unattainable. Being body positive isn’t just important for your own well being but it’s also important for others, it can help raise others awareness to body image issues and how it can damage a person emotionally, physically, and mentally. Speak up and spread awareness for body positivity, it’s what we need.