Body Image Shouldn’t Rule

Kerighan Mooney, Healthy Living writer

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Should body image affect the way we live are lives? Most people think that body image controls their lives, and what kinds of clothes look good on them. The socially acceptable clothes to wear, what you want and how you wear it. To the eyes of others you might be judged because of how you look in certain clothes. The notion that a crop top on a bigger girl doesn’t look as nice as it would be on a thinner girl; this is what destroys our lives and to be honest I hate it.

Body image is how you view yourself physically, including whether you feel you are attractive and how you think you look to others. For many people, especially in their early teens, body image can be closely linked to self-esteem. We start to compare ourselves to other people or images seen in the media.

‘If I were shorter/taller/had curly hair/straight hair/a smaller nose/ longer legs, I’d be happy.’ These are thoughts we internalize, we put ourselves down because we don’t think we have things that will makes us pretty or beautiful in societal terms. As teens we down grade ourselves because of appearance and we spend so much time doing that and don’t even realize that people around us are doing the exact same thing.

We experience negative comments and hurtful teasing about the way we look from peers, they come from ignorance and it brings people down. They don’t know how much it really hurts people. It’s overrated, T.V tells us to love ourselves and to not listen to what anyone says, but shortly after they tells to buy make up to cover up our flaws.

Our lives revolve around how we see our bodies, and honestly you’re beautiful the way you are. If you want to change your body go right ahead it’s yours, don’t change to be someone else.

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