Body Image On College Campuses
A lot of people spend hours staring at themselves in the mirror, especially women in college. They stare to do their makeup, to do their hair, to pop a pimple, to see if they look decent or just when they walk by a mirror or reflective surface. Now, take a look at how often you stare at yourself, and how many times do you smile at yourself? Usually, you grab your fat on your stomach or your thighs. You watch your arms jiggle or look at the blemishes on your face. I can personally say, looking at those things don’t make me smile.
Most collegeiates spend their day wondering if they look nice or if they look fat or if they look ugly while doing everything in a typical day. Not every woman can eat a meal without feeling fat or can look in a mirror without thinking that they could loose a few pounds. These are the reasons that our college campuses are filled with people “dieting”. I will say it simply, YOU DON’T NEED TO DIET! Maybe try and eat healthier, but stop the dieting, it isn’t healthy. Worrying about every little thing you put into your body, will end up ruining your life instead of making it better. 91% of college woman attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always”. And, you should be shocked that 91% of college woman, hate their weight and find it necessary to diet.
I know many woman who are beautiful. They range from a size 00 to a size 16. Your size doesn’t make you any less beautiful! I will honestly say, that I have put on certain outfits and say that “I look too fat for this, so I can’t wear it”. I know a girl who is twice my size and wears the same outfits and I want to look like her. Your style doesn’t depend on your size, it depends on your confidence. You don’t need to be skinny to be beautiful, you need to love yourself to be beautiful.
It isn’t just college students either, this deception of body image probably started when you were younger. 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner. 69% of 1st-3rd grade girls said that their idea of the perfect body was formed from magazine images. Most of the girls with the “perfect body” are photoshopped and airbrushed. The media even refers to woman who are size 6-8 a plus size. Even Amy Schumer, was featured in Glamour’s plus size only magazine. She wears a size 6, maybe 8. You can check out what she had to say about it here. While there is nothing wrong with plus-size, the media is consistently trying to make girls who are more than a size 2, think they are not perfect, and let me tell you, they can be pretty perfect.
Next time you look in the mirror, I want you to smile at yourself. I want you to, instead of picking out something you hate, pick out something you love. Yes, you are allowed to “not like” something about yourself, but you have to think of it as needs improvement, not as hating that part of you. You should never hate yourself, not one part of it. You should love yourself for everything you are; every jiggle, blemish, scar, and pound. If you can love yourself, nobody would see you any differently. I believe that you can’t expect the world to love you, if you can’t even love yourself.
And a large thanks to ANAD for all the statistics used in this article.