Body Image Issues
The idea of being fat or thin is not something that everyone experiences. Some people are naturally skinny while others are naturally heavy. There are many reasons why someone might feel one way or another about their bodies, but there’s no denying that some people struggle with them at times.
If you’re struggling with your own body image issues, then it would probably be helpful if you knew what to do about it! That’s where this article comes in handy!
What Is A Healthy Body Image?
A healthy body image is one that allows you to enjoy life without constantly worrying about whether or not you’re going to gain weight or lose it. It means having confidence in yourself and knowing that you deserve respect from others. Being comfortable in your own skin is key here; don’t let anyone else tell you what to do, because they won’t understand. You need to take care of yourself first before anything else.
When it comes to women, there’s a tendency to think that if we all just eat right and exercise enough, then our bodies will magically change into something that looks like a model. While this may work for men, it doesn’t necessarily work so well for women. Women are different than men in several important ways (and I’m sure you’ve noticed!).
And when it comes to those differences, there are certain things that affect us differently.
For example, genetics can play a huge part in how our bodies look. Some women are prone to gaining weight in the hips and thighs, while others gain weight in their stomachs, and still others gain weight in their arms and chest area. As you may have noticed, some women have naturally large bust sizes while others don’t.
These are all genetic traits that play an important part in how your body develops and holds onto fat. On the opposite side of that coin, some people are just naturally skinny and have a fast metabolism. They can eat whatever they want and never gain weight!
But that’s not fair, right?
Unfortunately, life isn’t always fair, but that doesn’t mean you can’t live it to the fullest. It’s all about what you want to do with your life. Some people choose to worry about their bodies every single day. They may try to hide their body with baggy clothing and not go out in public too often. They don’t want people to see them for fear of judgment or ridicule. And while you may think that’s a silly way to live, they certainly have the right to do that if it makes them happy.
Other people are completely the opposite. They love to show off their bodies! They aren’t ashamed in the least bit about their appearance, even if they know there are things they’d like to change.
They might shop at specialty stores for clothing that flatters their figures or they might even go as far as going clothes shopping with friends and try on different outfits in front of one another. In some cases these people may even go out in public in their bathing suits, or other types of revealing outfits.
Then there’s everything in between. There are people who may feel self-conscious about gaining weight and go to great lengths to hide it, or they just don’t go out in public if they feel they don’t look their best that day. Then there are others who don’t really care either way and will just do what they normally do.
And finally, there are those people who don’t give a hoot about what anyone else thinks and wear whatever they want!
The important thing to remember is, that you shouldn’t care what others think of you. That’s right, no matter if you’re obese or underweight, you shouldn’t care what other people think of your body type because it’s your body and you should do whatever you want to do with it! It’s not your fault if other people are insecure about themselves.
The most important thing is that you have a healthy relationship with yourself. You should accept your body no matter what shape or size it is! Once you can do that, other people’s opinions won’t matter anymore.
There will always be people who will give their unsolicited two cents, but don’t let that stop you from enjoying life.
If you want to cover up your body, then cover it up. If you want to look as good as you can, then do so. Do what makes YOU happy and don’t let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t.
~Greg “BeachBum” S.~
*NOTE: This was originally written as a response to another article I read online, but it applies here. Body image and self-consciousness are very real issues and ones that affect everyone on some level, so I thought I would share my own experiences with it.
~Written by Greg “BeachBum” S.
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