A recent experiment conducted by Ann Kearney-Cooke, Ph.D., a Cincinnati psychologist asked women to note every negative thing they thought about their bodies for one full day.
The results were shocking.
They found that a staggering 97 percent admitted to having at least one “I hate my body” moment throughout the day.
However, Ann Kearney-Cooke said she was not at all shocked by these results.
She explained that we now have a culture of self-hate and low self-esteem.
“It’s become such an accepted norm to put yourself down that if someone says she likes her body, she’s the odd woman out,” Ann said.
Interestingly, though, from Ann’s experience, she has come to realize that a lot of the time we are feeling anxious about our bodies it is actually due to our mood or social situation.
She explains that:”If we’re having a bad day, we often take those negative emotions out on our body, rather than directing them at what’s really troubling us, like our boss or boyfriend.”
Social media, however, can also play a role in these self-deprecating thoughts about our bodies.
We find ourselves comparing to other women’s bodies, saying I hate my legs, I wish I had legs like her or my butt’s too small I wish it looked like hers.
However, we all have parts of our bodies that we don’t like, even the most sculpted, beautiful women in the world.
We need to re-wire our brain and be the change in society and instead of telling your friends what you hate about your body why don’t you instead tell them what you like?
This might feel silly at first, but once you get used to it you can start complementing each other and looking for the good, instead of the bad.
I challenge you to find one thing you love about your body today and tell someone, your mum, sister or friend.
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