Body image has very little to do with physical appearance and everything to do with self-image.
There are women with "ideal" bodies - according to society - who have poor body image, women with large bodies rockin' ALL the body confidence, and everything in between.
Physical shape is irrelevant.
It is our SELF-image - our level of confidence and contentment with who we are on the inside - that determines the degree to which we are willing to accept and enjoy our body.
A couple of interesting things about this:
1. If body image is imagined then guess what?! You can UN-imagine it. Or change the imagination...like I did the other day after I woke up from a dream in which I was one of the Real Housewives who always "tells it like it is" but can't get anyone to believe her because she's edited to look a "little" crazy and also because everything she says is actually super crazy...and also because Andy Cohen is always making fun of her satin dresses & dated hair. The horror! I un-imagined that shiz FAST.
2. If body image comes from our self-image than the #1 thing you could do to improve how you feel about your body involves being a better/kinder/smarter/fierce-er you. Ditch the scale and the calorie counting and take a class! Go for a bike ride! Call a friend! Volunteer! Stand up for yourself! The more you like yourself, the more you will like your body....regardless of whether you ever lose a pound.
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