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07 April 2006

Body Image

Last night’s discussion at Intervarsity was about body image. Now, I know that this topic has been discussed without end out here in blogging world. And yet, I want to provide my perspective- one that I avoided sharing during the last couple of weeks, in large part due to the fact that the conversation centered around spouses, and well let’s face it- I’m not married, heck, I’ve never even had a boyfriend. Therefore, my argument would have been highly debatable by those with more experiences.

Also, as a twenty-year-old college student (other than Haley I don’t think I have readers that are about that same age- if you are, say hi!). I can offer a perspective from someone just out of their teens, and recently entered into the world of college, where expectations about yourself and others change greatly. It's not uncommon for college freshmen to gain weight because of meal cards, and buffet style eating, or develop eating disorders because of lack of regulation and people making sure that you eat something- not to mention the pressure that goes along with looking just right. It's not much different between college and high school.

I’ve struggled for a long time with image- I’m overweight, and I have a hard time admitting it. Most of the time I’m okay-ish with my body but like most young adults there were always things that I didn’t like. That was until about eight months ago when I picked up this awesome book entitled Wanting to be Her: Body Image Secrets Victoria Won’t Tell You. Let me just say that this book changed a lot about me and my opinions about my body. It opened my eyes to the fact that our bodies were made this way for a reason- and while it’s important to stay healthy- healthy does not often mean thin.

Last night we talked about how people often look in the mirror and say bad thing about themselves- and the importance of saying something to a person who you hear saying these things. This is an interesting idea, because many people don't realise that they do it. It's so ingrained in our culture that we have to look a certain way and be unhappy with how we do look. Our challenge was to look in the mirror and find at least three things that we like about ourselves instead of focusing on the negatives.

1 comment:

Andie D. said...

Good for you fo realizing that focusing on the positives is just as (or MORE, really) important as focusing on how we look.

It's incredible, really, how looks obsessed we can be.