I’ve been aware of the distorted image of the human body (men and women, though it seems more prevalent for women) in the media for ages. Mostly I’ve tuned it out or wrinkled my nose at it and walked on. Now that my children are more aware of images, though, I’m paying more attention to what these images show and wondering how to address these things with them. I welcome any suggestions.
Really, though, is it any wonder that so many people of all ages have issues with body image?! Not only are there the airbrushed photos in the check-out lines of groceries and such, but open up the paper and you have loads of ads for how to reduce belly fat, remove unwanted hair, grow wanted hair, improve your bust, etc. Never are we told that we are beautiful the way we are or that we needn’t conform to a certain image to be beautiful or sexy. I admit that I am not always comfortable with my own body, but I’m working on it. Sites like this help. Hopefully my children will see me be comfortable with my body so they will know they can be comfortable in theirs.