Love Your Body

Posted by on July 16, 2014

In her Psychology Today article of July 3, 2014,  Ann Goebel-Fabbri, Ph.D., an assistant professor at Harvard, asks “Why Is Body Hatred So Common?”  

Woman looking at You with ConfidenceShe admits right up front that she is talking mostly about girls and women, not that men don’t have this problem, it is just not as widespread.  She provides some sobering statistics and reminds us how all those unrealistic and negative message are still out there affecting us and our children.

She provides some specific actions you can take, including:

1) Eliminate “body talk” (discussion of weight, shape, dieting) with family and friends.

2) Focus on your body’s strength, health, and what it helps you achieve. Talk the same way to the girls around you.

3) Examine advertising in a new light. Are they trying to sell transformation, play on your insecurities, and if so, how so? Don’t believe in a “magic bullet.”

4) Exercise to feel good rather than to chip away at yourself.

5) Allow yourself to eat all sorts of food rather than focusing on deprivation.

6) Rather than complimenting appearance, compliment a person’s intelligence, talents, kindness, and perseverance.

My LUV Custom Weight Program is founded on several principles.. one of which is that you need to learn to LOVE your body in order to treat it right and treating it right means the right exercise and food.. so proper weight and health go hand in hand with a positive body image.

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