Healthy figures come in all figures and sizes, but that doesn’t stop many of us from having a bad bodyimage. According to Andrea Pennington, MD, at any given time nearly half of American women areannoying to lose weight, and about a quarter of all college-aged women have an consumptiondisorder .
Scary—but maybe not completely surprising, given today’s dangerously thin models,airbrushed magazine covers and everyone’s-doing-it plastic surgery attitudes.Body image matters can start even before some kids can tie their shoes, emerging as early as first grade.According to psychologist Erik Fisher, PhD, about 42 percent of first, second and third grade girls want tobe solvent; 81% of ten-year old are afraid of becoming fat, and 51% of nine- and ten-year-old girls feel“better” if they are on a diet.
Feeling Better about Ourselves. A poor figure image can lead to emotive pain, low self-esteem, unhealthy dieting habits, anxiety,unhappiness and eating disorders. That’s why Sharecare rounded up tips from foremost experts on howto recover figure image in kids and adults.Do things that make you feel beautiful. According to a study supported by Dove, more than half of females say they feel lovely when they helpothers or devote time with their children. The study also found that females feel lovely when they arebodily active, are positive or do something artistic.
Try some yoga.Having a fit body image also comes from being poised of your body as a whole—the way it looks, theway it feels and the way it moves. Need help in that arena? Trainer Beth Oliver indorses yoga, tai chi andPilates, all of which can help boost sureness and self-esteem since they let you to effort on how yourbody feels, not how it looks.
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