Body Shaming and The Struggle With Body Image: Never Think You are Not Good Enough

By Jericho Miller, Parent Herald August 15, 07:40 am
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A lot of people these days, especially young women, struggle with their body image. If you are too fat or too thin, chances are you have experienced some sort of body shaming, but the problem is, it is hard to be in a  state of contentment or even find the middle ground that people consider as the perfect body.

People who place too much importance on their physical image may overthink things. They may keep thinking that they are fat if a certain vein or muscle doesn't show. Such was the case of SWAT Institute founder Crystal Morissette. She spent hours, day in and day out exercising, playing different kinds of sports, and eats as clean as she possibly could. However, at the end of the day, she was still a little bit confused about whether or not she was already satisfied by how her body looked.

Constantly thinking about things like this may lead to even unhealthier results. This could cause stress, which could subsequently lead to weight gain and various illnesses. This kind of thinking could even lead someone to live a life of constant fear. For example, in Crystal's case, she wanted to feel free and accepted, but she was always thinking about what other people though of her. Aside from that she was also worried about whether other women liked her or not.

What's even more unfortunate is that even older kids and teens suffer from a negative perception of their own body image, as per Kids Health. This is primarily because they are afraid that their peers will not like them if their body was not "perfect." Due to the constant changes that these children feel during the stage of puberty, they may begin to feel awkward and this may have extremely negative effects on their self-esteem. This is why it is important for their parents to teach them about self-acceptance and valuing their own self-worth.

 

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