Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Women insecure about their bodies worldwide

Slogans like NO FAT SHAMING and movements toward body-positivity have gained momentum in the past few years, but according to the Dove Global Beauty and Confidence Report, body confidence is on a steady decline.

In an article by Ashley Monae, it was revealed that the Report, which surveyed 10,500 women from 13 countries, found that 85% of all women and 79% of girls said they have opted out of an important life activity because they felt less than positive about their appearance.

Nine of the 10 of the women said they forego eating sometimes because of this.

This is a global issue.

Not surprised was Nancy Etcoff, MD, assistant clinical prof at Harvard Med. She cited the increasing pressures women and girls face today. The media and how it depicts women can be a big factor, she says.

The main media, the social media, school, work--the body messages never stop coming.

The messages are all over the map. I saw one the other day that fashion mags should be able to use those super skinny, stork-like women--I didn't know they couldn't. That's all I see in there. In another instance, a Size 4 movie star was reviled as fat.

And when Dove (who did the study) ran their "real women" campaign of non-models up to size 12 (see pix)--people freaked out--they're fat, they're fat.

I don't know what the answer is...I have never been thin and had plenty of men around. I know it's hard sometimes, but just keep on trucking and worry about things that really matter.

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