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Ideal Body Image

Todat I read two articles; one was written by a girl who discribed her figure as “full”, and she wrote that many people, including herself, are insecure about there body because of the ideal body image. The other one was written by a girl who had anorexia for 6 years, and still has problems with it. She said that most of the people who get anorexia, don’t get this disease from the ideal body image these days. “People who have anorexia, also have other problems, much deeper” she said. It made me think about it, because both girls have a problem that’s really common these days.

Many girls are insecure about there body, or even think they are fat. Some of them want to fight the fat, and become the victim of an eating disorder. But also the people who don’t want to follow a strict diet have a hard time, because they also have to deal with their insecurity and maybe even with depression.

Why are people so sensitive about their body? Is it because of the advertisements with half naked women -with a perfect figure of course- in it? Or maybe the thin models on the catwalk? I think these things are a part of the problem, but they’re not the main problem. The advertisements and models make people insecure, but the people who are really depressed about their figure already had problems with their self image. Who actually isn’t insecure these days? I believe that even the most populair girls from school aren’t satisfied with themselfs.

From what I’ve seen, thin people are more accepted in this world than thick people, although it also depends on the culture. They are also more wanted in the fashion industry as models, and I don’t understand that. Even if it is your dream job, are you OK with starving yourself? Is it really worth it? But that’s  not the problem here. What I really don’t understand is why the fashion industry encourage people to be unhealthy thin.

I don’t think that there is anything wrong with being thicker or thinner than average, because many people can’t help it. But it is a problem when your body isn’t healthy anymore, and your obsessed with your body. I know it’s really hard to be satisfied with your body, because there is a lot influence from advertisements and the fashion industry. But as long as you’re healthy, why should you worry? Because you don’t fit in the “ideal” body image? Just look in the mirror, and ask yourself: “What is exactly the problem with my body?”. I’m sure your body is just average, so there’s nothing to worry about.

This is how I think about this topic. Let me know your opinion too, please. Thank you for reading! 🙂

– Angela Liefting