Body Biology

Pop culture's "ideal" body changes throughout time...better just to love yourself now as you are!Image courtesy of peppergrass on flickr and reproduced under Creative Commons 2.0

Pop culture’s “ideal” body changes throughout time…better just to love yourself now as you are!
Image courtesy of peppergrass on flickr and reproduced under Creative Commons 2.0

by Kelly Bissonette, Body-Peace Corps

Fact: There are 3 billion people who don’t look like supermodels and only 8 that do.

Fiction: If you worked out, ate healthy, used specific products, and wore designer clothes you could look like a supermodel too.

 This far from little lie is what the media has conditioned us to believe so that we feel the need to buy their products.  The truth is that we all have different genetics that make our bodies look the way they do.  And that’s a good thing!  We don’t all look like models for a reason.  If you can remember back to biology 101, genetic diversity is important for survival and adaptability.  It’s easy to get caught up in the social pressures that we are bombarded by, but one way to check yourself back into reality is to remember that we are the way we are for a reason.  Perhaps the reason one individual may have larger hips than another is to help her carry a child and give birth.  This is an evolved trait that has been adapted over many years to increase the survival of offspring.  When you think about it, that is truly amazing.  Why would we ever want to downplay this awesomeness that has made us who we are today?  So let’s take a stand.  I encourage you to look deeper into media messages and then consider if you want to support this message by buying their product.

To read more from Body Peace Corps, visit the Body Peace Blog here!
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