As I went through some of my #bodyimage tweets and Pinterest images, I found yet another statistic on how a poor body image was being perceived in college but, also how it was being combated head-on in another country through retail therapy.
First the sobering statistic, from Brown University Health Services:
“Body image is a widespread preoccupation. In one study of college students, 74.4% of the normal-weight women stated that they thought about their weight or appearance “all the time” or “frequently.”
Encouragement to focus on appearance is at an all-time high in this culture, and with it comes the potential for a significant increase in negative body image.”
Secondly, what can we do to help combat this situation? I think we need to look to the way a store in Sweden is using mannequins to help women recreate realistic mind/body imprints for themselves. After all, you know that a picture is worth a thousand words and most of what we believe to be true is tied to imagery.
Maybe it is just the repetition of realistic images in our day to day lives that will transform our “the thinner the better” ideals to a new healthier and realistic image of what is attractive? I think that this visual is a step in the right direction.