I've spent a lot of time in the last year thinking about body image. As many of you may remember, I recently lost about 75 pounds. (Weight Watchers - it works!)
I post these pictures as a reference. This is in fact what I see when I look in the mirror. I'm 5'4". Those jeans are size 2. So I know that I am in pretty good shape here. I'm thinner now than I can ever remember being, and I know my weight loss has taken ten years off my looks. This is good stuff.
But this isn't what I see in my mind's eye. I've been comfortable with my self-worth separate from my looks for a long time (something for which I am quite thankful). So my self-worth does not really suffer for my distorted body image. Still, I wonder when my mind's eye will see what is in the mirror...
And I am beginning to truly understand what a problem a negative body image can be. I've spent some time reading about it - this is a great resource: http://www.womenshealth.gov/bodyimage/
We need to figure out how to to raise the next generations of girls to be comfortable in their own bodies and value who they are inside as opposed to merely what they look like on the outside.
Does anyone else out there struggle with this?