Body confidence has always been something I have personally struggled with and many of my friends struggle with also. Sometimes I have days when I will look at myself in the mirror and be unhappy with my body and other days I don’t.
Summer isn’t the best season for me as I hate wearing dresses because I feel that it shows off too much and I’m forever telling friends and family to delete photos taken of me because I feel that I will be judged or looked down upon for how fat I look in the photo.
Even having this photo taken of me I felt uncomfortable in my own skin and certainly in a dress. I tend to ‘yo-yo’ diet throughout the years I’ve been on and off diet’s and crazy routines which set me up to fail. I’d eat something bad then proceed to feel super guilty about it afterwards. But why? Instead I should be focusing on being healthy and fit for myself, not for the way I look or want people to see me.
We live in a society which promotes unrealistic body ideals. We grow up in a society which tells us we have to look a certain way and if women on the front page of magazines showed stretch marks and cellulite, we probably wouldn’t bat an eyelid as it would be something that is viewed as just being part of who we are.
Don’t get me wrong, progress is being made. Brands are starting expanding their size ranges for bigger and smaller people and there is a breakthrough happening within the industry. People are becoming more accepting of different shapes and sizes which is great but we still have a long way to go yet.
ASOS recently started using images on their website which are not airbrushed which I love! You can read my article about it here.
Body image and body positivity is all about acceptance, regardless of weight, size, height or any other factor we should start appreciating ourselves more and being confident in our own skin.
In the last year I have realised that I should accept myself for who I am and I’m going to take care of my body better, for myself.
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