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Unfortunately, it is so common for us to criticize, gossip, and scrutinize the way we look as well as evaluate other people’s appearance. Given our body obsessed culture, it is often the “norm” to feel bad about how we look and worry constantly about how we compare to other people.

The reader poll on sexgenderbody states: When I look at myself naked in the mirror, I feel... To which 57% of the responses answered shame. This really resonated with me, because as someone who is no stranger to feeling ashamed when I look at myself in the mirror, I take great sadness in knowing that other people feel the same way. We are limiting ourselves with the enormous amount of perpetual shame we feel in regard to the way we look.  Think of how much time you would have in your day if you could teach yourself to replace negative feelings of self-loathing, with feelings of joy and love and abundance.

 

Nearly 50 percent of American girls in middle and high school say they want to lose weight because of magazine pictures. (Quoted in “Altered photos harm consumers, should come with disclaimer”, February 2, 2010)


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