Inspiring you to find peace with food and your body image
Inspiring you to find peace with food and your body image
Posted on January 15th, 2014

 As you will probably be aware ‘Selfie’ was the named by Oxford Dictionaries as word of 2013 and is becoming an official word in itself. Usage of the word has increased by 17,000% since this time last year influenced particularly by celebrities giving us a running photo commentary of the minutiae of their life. Even politicians are joining in to demonstrate their ‘cool’ and apparently even farmers now do Selfies! Who next?
Is there a problem with Selfies? For many people I think, no, although I wonder if this over-posting does have a narcissistic feel to it all. Why feel the need to have that constant external evaluation or voyeurism of your life by others?
The journalist Nell Frizzel (Grazia this week) admits to posting hundreds of Selfies on social networking sites. She talks about her own body insecurities and admits honestly that this constant posting is an attempt to feel better and get reassurance about her body. Alas, it doesn’t work. She cannot trust her picture. She has to post again and again to seek further reassurance.
It seems that in some instances Selfies are fuelling body image obsession with people now posting Welfies – work-out Selfie; Belfie (picture of one’s posterior!). There is also now a fixation with posting about particular body parts - ‘the bikini bridge’ or six packs, as inspiration for the ‘ideal body.’
Alarm bells! Regular viewing of these images does not build self-esteem. It’s not just Selfies; it can be any kind of thinspiration social media; celebrity magazines; diet magazines etc. These alone do not cause a problem with eating and body image, however, they certainly add fuel to the fire and your world view will be distorted through regular viewing. What you focus on will influence your thoughts and then your actions. You have a choice.
If this article reasonates with you, have a think about how you are spending your time and money. I would encourage you to direct this towards books, materials and web information that will boost self-esteem and confidence!

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Inspiring you to find peace with food and your body image