In a world so focused on body image, it can be hard for people to get along with their daily lives. People get so paranoid and caught up in their appearance, how they dress, diets, exercise, and even their relationships. There are several ways to survive in today’s world by ignoring the media and society’s view on body image, being happy, and staying healthy.
To begin with, don’t allow the magazine ads, commercials, and society make you think differently about yourself and your body. Those magazine ads and commercials are mostly filled with fake images and false information. These false images and information are used only to attract the customers so that their product will be sold. According to dosomething.org, “Studies show that the more reality television a young girl watches, the more likely she is to find appearance important.” The “perfect” image of a person is always portrayed by these things and it makes people think that they need to look like that image to be accepted and liked by people. For women, this is visualized as a female with long legs, a flat stomach, and a very slim body. For men, this is idea of a “perfect male” is a guy with strong-arm muscles, a good-looking face, visible abs, and a buff body. These images are hard and nearly impossible to copy, so people have no need to spend their time trying to achieve the goal of “perfection”. You can still flip through magazines and like the pictures. You can still watch T.V. and enjoy the commercials, but do not take them too serious. Those ads are only trying to attract viewers.
Additionally, be happy and pleased with yourself. To be happy means feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. In terms of how you feel about your body, feel satisfied and proud to be who you are. Your body was made a certain way and that is unique so embrace it. For a person to feel happy about their body, they must have self-confidence and naturally possess how they look. When a person allows body image to play a major role in their life, they are putting themselves in harm’s way. A person that might not be very pleased with their body could develop a disorder, social problems, and many other terrible things that could eventually be life-threatening. Accepting who you are and how you look is best. It is natural and healthy.
Furthermore, a way to survive in a world surrounded by the pressure of body image is to stay healthy mentally, physically, and emotionally. By staying healthy mentally, you keep your mind in a concentrated and positive state. There are so many good things to focus on in life other than, “Oh, she’s really skinny and wears so much make-up. She’s so pretty. I wish I could be like her.” Staying fit and active is a wonderful way to improve or maintain your health physically. Physical activities can include sports, aerobics, walking, running, and mostly anything in which you get up and move around. “The benefits of physical activity are numerous. The obvious benefit is to burn calories while building a stronger body. And now, there is new research ‘an active body results in a more active mind’. Also, activity and fitness will prevent sickness and health issues.” says phitamerica.org. Physical activity helps control weight and strengthens muscles and your entire body. To add on, staying healthy emotionally is extremely important. Having the ability to control your emotions and share them is crucial. If someone is struggling with body image and self-confidence and they are not emotionally stable or healthy, they can inflict harm upon themselves and possibly others. A person can develop eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating, anxiety or nervous disorders, and the list goes on. They have to be emotionally strong enough to get help or get out of their situation.
All in all, with all of the false images and products and ideas portrayed by society and the media, it can be hard to escape the pressure of body image. To survive the pressure there are several things you can do. First, ignore the images and ideas sent out by the media and society. Next, be happy with your body. Finally, be healthy all the way around. Be who you are and love the body you were born with. “Body confidence does not come from trying to achieve the ‘perfect body’. It comes from embracing the one you’ve already got.” -Unknown
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