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Do You Feel Good About Yourself?

The idea of the perfect body image that societies have is in a state of constant evolution: in the past, women with curves were more popular, whereas today, slimness is put forward. And men are not the exception! More and more, they are expected to be tall, muscular, with little body hair… which, of course, corresponds to the physical features of a small proportion of men!

The influence of the media
Each year, in the USA, tens, even hundreds of billions of dollars are spent in books, products, and weight loss programs. This attraction to slimness and beauty is greatly conditioned by the media. All the publicity to which we are exposed daily gives us the impression that it is imperative to have a face without wrinkles, a tall and slender body, and full lips… It is as if we should all conform to the same mold!

However, we must not ignore the healthy body self-image advertised by a growing number of companies. We only have to think about the Dove Self-Esteem Resources, or the no-photoshop policy of JACOB stores, a Quebec initiative!

How do your perceive your bodyweight?

· Ask yourself if you are starting a weight loss program that enhances health, or harms health. Weight loss can be beneficial for people who are overweight or obese, but not at the price of exaggerated deprivation and unhealthy practices!

· If you are a man, do you want to gain muscle mass in order to be stronger and improve your endurance, or to be liked by others and resemble the masculine stereotypes that we see in magazines?

· Don’t forget that everyone has their own morphology: if we were to compare shapes with the alphabet, there would be people shaped as A, B, I, O, V, and X. All tastes are part of nature!

And you, what do you have to say on this subject? Have you ever had positive or negative experiences linked to the image that you have of your body?

By Vanessa Martin

Vanessa Martin

A newcomer to Nautilus Plus, Vanessa Martin holds a degree in nutrition from the Université de Montréal and is a member in good standing of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec. She also works in the hospital setting and loves to blog in her spare time. Passionate and versatile, Vanessa plans on enhancing her knowledge in the field of psychology with an eye to better guiding and motivating the habit-changing endeavors of her clients. Member of a running club, she enjoys taking part in the competitions organized in her area. Vanessa is currently training for a 21 km race and would like to run her first marathon!

Do You Feel Good About Yourself? is a post from I'm taking charge. I'm taking charge is a blog that aims to help people in their journey to fitness through articles on training, nutrition, motivation, exercise and healthy recipes.
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