You vs Your Body

6 Feb

“Khloé Kardashian Aims to Be Bikini-Ready by June”

The headline reads loud and clear. Another celebrity has declared their body unsuitable and decided to embark on a weightloss journey. This is just one of many articles preaching the same sort of thing: “Not perfect yet? Here’s How!”

“Firm Abs, tight butt!” “Lose 30 lbs!”

All these body-improving articles always get me thinking about what effect they take on our minds. Do we see these things and think….”you know, I do need to firm my butt. My butt sucks….wow. I must do something do about this.”  Do these articles affect our sense of  self?

America is already home to a large amount of obese and overweight people. It has become our calling card. So, in a sense, we may need some improving. However, according to a recent Women’s Health article nearly 30% of women  feel stressed about food everyday. We have demonized food to the point that we love it and hate all at the same point.

According to Media,”Women’s magazines are full of articles urging that if they can just lose those last twenty pounds, they’ll have it all—the perfect marriage, loving children, great sex, and a rewarding career. Why are standards of beauty being imposed on women, the majority of whom are naturally larger and more mature than any of the models? The roots, some analysts say, are economic. By presenting an ideal difficult to achieve and maintain, the cosmetic and diet product industries are assured of growth and profits.”

So do these magazine continually feed our desire to improve and diet? Or are they the cause of all this dieting and body-loathing? The question remains.

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