Of all the things you carry with you every day – your purse, your sunglasses, your coffee – your body is the one thing that’s always with you, no matter what. For those who are dissatisfied with their bodies- I’m too fat, I’m too skinny, my nose is too big – this can make you feel like you’re in a prison! It’s not a surprise, a study by Cornell University found that most people are dissatisfied with their bodies. Even 90 % of women with normal weight women surveyed thought they were fat. Among underweight women, 50 % wanted to lose even more weight. Men also struggle with their body image. According to Psychology Today, just 25 % of men were dissatisfied with their bodies in 1972, but by 1997, that jumped to 67 %, and it continues to increase.
Striving for the Perfect Body
Many a quest for a thinner figure does not stop at eating healthier, or exercising more. According to The National Eating Disorders Association, eating disorders have increased in the last two decades. It’s estimated that imore than 10 million Americans are struggling with an eating disorder. There are also “imperfections” that diet and exercise can never cure, such as a sagging tummy, small breasts and wrinkles. It’s no wonder that cosmetic surgery is booming. Among the most popular procedures are breast enlargement, liposuction, nose jobs, eye surgery, tummy tucks, botox, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.
Today’s culture, which idealizes youth, and impossibly thin and muscular bodies, someone, such as a Hollywood star with a plastic surgeon, a personal dietician, personal chef and personal trainer, could diet, exercise and nip and tuck away every “imperfection” they could find… only to find they still feel they inadequate. Sadly, this is what often happens.
How to Love Your Body… Without Changing a Thing