It seems to be a consequence of growing up in American culture that girls and women view themselves critically based on physical ideals of beauty. I know I succumb to self criticism when I gaze in the mirror concentrating on imperfections. I don’t want my daughter to grow up with the same idea that she is not perfect just the way she is. One website is on a mission to help us accept our natural beauty.
My Body Gallery is collecting photos of “what real women look like”. You can enter your height, weight, and clothing sizes to search images of women with bodies just like yours.
A recent study found that 95% of non-eating disordered women overestimate the size of their hips by 16% and their waists by 25%, yet the same women were able to correctly estimate the width of a box.
BODY IMAGE STATISTICS
Two out of five women and one out of five men would trade three to five years of their life to achieve their weight goals.
You can submit your own body images or just look around at other women just like you. Perhaps the site will expand some day to include children and teenagers. Together, we can find peace in our body images.
Via: Refinery 29
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