Recently, NBC’s The Today Show did a segment on women’s body image issues and trends. The first topic of discussion was a 1984-survey of 16,000 women answering questions about their self-image. The Survey, conducted by Glamour magazine, revealed “75 percent of women felt they were too fat, and more than 60 percent said they were dissatisfied with or ashamed of their stomach, hips, and thighs.”
So how do women feel today—25 years later? To find out, Glamour conducted a follow-up survey, asking 16,000 women similar questions. The poll showed that, sadly, not much has changed. “More than 40 percent of women still seem to be struggling with their body image,” reports Glamour.
The discussion, while disheartening, was an eye-opener as to how much time is actually spent criticizing one’s self.
I, for one, am guilty, and I wonder how I would feel and what I might accomplish if I applied this energy elsewhere? I’m determined to find out by embracing the things I like about myself, beginning with my desire to always find a silver lining.
What will you put first on your list?