Surprised? I'm certainly not.
A new study has found that women are happier with their own bodies when they are told men prefer women who are not supermodel thin.
Which is true, right? I mean - you ask any guy if they like really, really skinny girls, and the answer is typically, "Nah, I like some meat on their bones" (naturally thin girls please don't get offended by my assuming this!) I think, in general, women assume men want a body type that is nearly impossible for most of us to achieve. The reality is that most men like real, average, women.
This new study also pointed out something that I've preached on before; women who watch TV and read fashion magazines are less satisfied with their weigh and have a poor body image. Hence why I haven't had cable in years and the only magazines I read are the old one's my Mom passes down to me every month after she reads them, or yoga/meditation magazines.
While low body image may not sound like a huge deal the ramifications it has on ones life is extreme. Women with low body image have less sex, less sexual satisfaction, and less marital satisfaction (and I'm assuming those three things feed in to one another greatly!)
Women who are satisfied with their bodies tend to eat healthier, exercise more, and have higher self-esteem. They are also less likely to suffer from eating disorders or depression.
No matter what your size is you owe it to yourself to do whatever you can to boost your body image as high as possible. LOVE YOURSELF. Just as you are RIGHT NOW. Not 10 pounds from now, not when you can afford nicer clothes, and not when you find someone to be with who thinks you are beautiful. Love you now. Once you start to believe that you will see how positive self-image impacts other areas of your life.
You likely will start eating better, because your body is AWESOME and you deserve to treat it well! You'll probably let go of some unhealthy habits you've had (emotional eating, over exercising, restricting calories,...) because genuinely happy people tend to not rely on maladaptive behaviors like those. I'm saying this from personal experience. I've been unhappy or stressed in life and I 'control' my anxiety by micromanaging things to the point it makes my life 100x worse.
Look in the mirror every morning and say a few positive affirmations. Put up some sticky notes on the door, fridge, and mirrors reminding you that you are beautiful just the way you are. Take 30 minutes a day to do something that makes you feel happy and alive (I personally love walks and long baths!) Just do something. You owe it to yourself.
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What can you do to increase your body image?
Have you found that when you are happier, you naturally tend to eat/live healthier?