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Unrealistic Portrayal of Women in the Media

Thursday, May 05, 2016

There are days when I am so happy with my progress. I have lost 31 lbs and at least 14 inches (I only started measuring 6 weeks ago so I am not sure of an exact number). My sleep is better, my mental health is better, my hair and nails are growing well and I feel happier most of the time, the list goes on and on. I know I am healthier than I have every been and I love my muscles and the definition I see in my body.

But every once in a while I look in the mirror and think "I'm still not happy with the weight on my thighs and my stomach could be a little smaller" and I am disgusted with myself for having these feelings.

I honestly am starting to think that these feelings of body shame have come from years of magazines and TV shows telling me what the average woman looks like. Everywhere I go, I am inundated with images of teens and twenty-somethings and their size 0 bodies without a inch of fat or a spec of cellulite to be seen. Now logically, I know this is all airbrushing and smoke and mirrors so it bothers me even more that I am affected by it.

I read recently about Amy Schumer blasting a magazine for putting her in a plus-size feature article - she's a size 8. And I thought to myself "A size 8 - she can't be a size 8, I'm a size 8 and she looks bigger than me?" Again, logically, I know it's not that she's big, its that she's an average sized woman among the multitude of underweight women I see in Hollywood everyday, and yet the thought still popped in my head before I could stop it. What is wrong with me?

I would love to know if anyone has been having these same experiences. I never realized until recently how the media portrays women and how it affects our self-esteem. It has got to stop!. I certainly don't want my daughter growing up thinking a size 8 is a plus-size. I'm not sure how we adjust this mentality but I know I want it to stop right now before it gets any worse.
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