MyBodyMySelf focuses on our culture’s obsession with women’s bodies and how it shows up in an individual woman’s perception of her own body -- her body image.
The number of images of perfect women’s bodies that we have seen on a daily basis for decades has made us desperate to look like the images in the magazines and on TV. We have tried to control our bodies the only way the 60 billion dollar a year diet industry has told us we should -- through restricting our food. One of dieting's ugliest byproducts, eating disorders, was practically unheard of 50 years ago. Today, the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) predicts that 20 million women in the US will be diagnosed with an eating disorder.
This number is staggering; nearly 1 of every 8 American women will be diagnosed with a mental health disorder around body image and eating. Six out of every 8 women have a negative body image. This blog is for these women who spend more time than necessary worrying about their bodies and what they eat. Only 1 woman in 8 likes her body and feels comfortable in her skin.
There is a certain amount of shame and self-judgment around women’s bodies and eating behavior that keeps this issue hidden. Each of us believes our bodies are flawed. But, we could be wrong. What if it is society's standard that is flawed? Not us. What if we are just living at a point in history that is horrible for body esteem of its women? We are. I believe it is time to listen to our own intuition around body image and eating as an exercise in self-care.
MyBodyMySelf offers an opportunity for self-care. Here you can engage in thought and self-awareness around body image and food issues to move past them, on to bigger and better things in your life. MyBodyMySelf suggests tried and true theory and tools to help you become your own agent for change in your relationship with your body and eating behavior.
The entire discussion in MyBodyMySelf is about re-connecting you with your own inner voice for how you want to think, eat, and live in a food-filled, body-obsessed world. My hope for you is to help yourself with your own body image challenges, and then turn around and be a role model of self-assurance and self-care for your daughters and granddaughters.
No one can make you feel that your body is flawed without your consent. Don’t consent.
-Adapted from Eleanor Roosevelt