Ladies, we HAVE to stop letting the media affect how we feel about ourselves and our bodies!
A new study has found that when average women (like you and me!) see pictures of bikini and fashion models, they feel worse about their own bodies – particularly their stomach area.
After looking at photos of the fitness and fashion models, here are the percentages of women who said it made them feel worse about certain aspects of their bodies: stomach (57%), weight (50%), waist (50%), overall appearance (50%), muscle tone (46%), legs (45%), thighs (40%), butt (40%), hips (40%), arms (39%), and breasts (34%). According to the researchers, study participants were also more motivated to diet and exercise after seeing the photos.
I guess if something makes you feel motivated to exercise, I can't argue...exercise is good, even if you're not overweight! But we have a tendency to compare ourselves to what we see in magazines, on TV, and on Instagram...and that's just not good. Don't get me wrong, I'm guilty of this! But I recently saw the quote, "Comparison is the thief of joy," and it is SO true!
Here's the thing: even these models don't look like that all the time! They have teams of experts doing their hair, their makeup, putting them in perfect lighting, and then Photoshopping their images! And that's AFTER they have nutritionists and assistants preparing their food, and trainers telling them what to do in the gym. We're setting ourselves an unrealistic baseline! Just take care of your body, do what makes you feel good, and don't worry if your version of "good" doesn't look like someone else's! You do you, ladies!