Inspiring you to find peace with food and your body image
Inspiring you to find peace with food and your body image
Is plus-size Barbie promoting healthy body image?
Posted on January 3rd, 2014

You may or may not have seen the new plus-size Barbie whose image has been circulating the web. Seeing that normal Barbie has a BMI of 16.4; then you might think plus-size Barbie would be a welcome addition to the Barbie clan. However, the new suggested Barbie has double-chins and actually seems to be over-weight. Is this really any better? In fact, whether you are looking at skinny or plus-size Barbie, then weight becomes the issue. We are not discussing her hair, her look, her role in play; we are bringing the focus back to body size. Is this a way of truly promoting healthy body image and acceptance of body shape? I’m not so sure.
Let’s start the New Year by pledging to be kind and accepting to our bodies. Self-critical talk and negative labelling of the body only encourages poor body image and low self-esteem.
1. We have 60,000 + thoughts per day. If many of these thoughts include negative thinking and labelling of the body, it is not surprising that we feel bad about ourselves. Imagine if you were talking to a small child in this way throughout the day. What would the impact be?
2. People often think that beating themselves up about their bodies will result in positive change. So wrong! Government research suggests that poor body confidence is likely to result in weight gain. Think about it.....does calling yourself ‘fat’, ‘lazy’ or ‘overweight’ really spur you into action or do you eat more or starve yourself to feel better?
3. Value your body, not only on aesthetics; but for what it can do for you. Value good health; flexible joints; freedom to move; healthy skin...... at some point in the future, your body may not function as well as it does today. Appreciate it now. 
4. Be motivated to improve your own body image for your daughters (and sons) and for all young women and men today.  Future generations are only going to face further body scrutiny. Be a force for change today.
Best wishes

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