How Can We Be Positive About Our Bodies?

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A study of 4,294 network television commercials revealed that 1 out of every 3.8 commercials send some sort of attractiveness message, telling viewers what is or is not attractive (as cited in Myers et al., 1992). These researchers estimate that the average adolescent sees over 5,260 attractiveness messages per year. Source

I like this advice for building a better body image: Kill your inner supermodel!

More from Our Bodies, Ourselves: For women. life can often seem like a beauty pageant…Being born female automatically makes us contestants, whether we like it our not.

Read these “Shocking Statistics” from the University of Colorado at Boulder Student Health Center.This is a very good site that includes suggestions for media advocacy, survival tips, and advice on how to help a friend.

This video contains so many images of thin women that it actually starts to dawn on you that the media are jamming these images down your throat.

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Ellen Keim

Ellen is a freelance writer, essayist and copy editor, living with three cats and a husband in Columbus, OH.

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