Body Image

Body image is one of those topics that has been talked to death. We have all heard about it, talked about it and maybe even struggled with it. How we feel about ourselves and how we think others view us takes up a lot of out time. We care so much about how we’re viewed that it can make us go crazy.

Imagine how much time we would gain in life if we stopped thinking about our body image. If I took the thinking time that I currently take up with image and thought about other things, I potentially could have a book finished by now. Instead of the several chapters of several different books currently residing on my hard drive.

This week was eating concerns awareness week. I know this because in college, you hear about every day/week/month/millenia that has a theme. My residence hall (not dorm) had a couple of programs about the week. It made me realize that a lot of people have body image issues. People that I consider to be healthy and beautiful, yet they don’t see themselves that way. 

On the other hand, you have people who decide that you should have body image issues. People can be mean. Sometimes, a person is happy with who they are and what they look like. Then someone makes an off-handed comment about how they could lose a few pounds. Even if the person could lose weight to be healthier, do we need to ruin their happiness? I’ve heard it said that the point of life is to be happy. What right does anyone have to take that away from a person?

I suppose I think that people should be healthy and happy in their own right. They should be able to decide when they’re healthy and happy, as long as they are not harming themselves. So stop worrying so much about body image. Whether it’s your own or someone else’s.


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