Today is national Love Your Body Day. Some may not see the value in selecting a day to celebrate our bodies, but when you consider that 80% of American women are dissatisfied with their appearance, I think it’s a fabulous idea. Every woman should take a step back and appreciate what they’ve got — if not every day, then at the very least, on this particular day.
Women and girls are constantly bombarded with images and messages of what their bodies ought to look like — from Hollywood to the fashion and cosmetic industries, to print and TV ads. Images of thin, beautiful and “unblemished” (ahem, Photoshop) women crop up virtually everywhere, sending the subliminal — if not overt — message that our bodies, faces and hair need constant improvement.
Whatever happened to focusing on what your body can do instead of how it looks?
Like many women, for years I battled with a horrifically negative body image and an eating disorder. To this day, I still struggle with accepting my body. I’ve had to literally re-train my brain to focus on the positives, instead of comparing myself to Kim Kardashian’s figure (and berating myself for not looking like her). At 30 years old, my body sure isn’t what it was at 16. I don’t have a six pack and I don’t wear a size 3 anymore. But you know what? I’m awesome — curves and all!
So in the spirit of Love Your Body Day, here are a few reasons why I love my body: My body can bring life into this world and sustain it. My body can run a 5k and do squat jumps and push ups. My body has curves that my husband loves. My body is healthy. My body has art work that ten years later, I still love. My body has imperfections, but these imperfections tell a story — MY story.
It’s high time we start focusing on our positive attributes. And while we’re at it, let’s call out advertisers and the media that enforce unrealistic beauty standards, sexual ideals and gender stereotypes. To these ends, visit NOW-NYC’s blog, FIGUREatively Speaking and their #notcool page. And if you’re on Twitter, tweet why you love your body with the hash tag #LYBD.
What do you love about your body?
Note: This post is part of the 2011 Love Your Body Day Blog Carnival
THANK YOU! I’d completely forgotten that it was “Love Your Body” day today. It’s a good reminder :)
I love my arms that are strong but soft for holding my son when he is sad and for loving my husband.
I love my legs which carry me on and off the sled at work to do the car seat testing and which take me around to all the places I love.
I love my eyes that see the world through rose colored glasses still even though I have been through so many things which should have broken them years ago.
I love my ears that hear the music of my life and feed my soul with the beauty of it all.
I love my lips that speak words of love and honor to my family and friends never letting them go a day without knowing how much they mean to me.
I love my heart which seems to never get too full to love just one more person.
Love and Light,