Can You Imagine A Beautiful Life?

Written by Nancy Hill

Imagine waking up one morning to find that you are using your unique talents in a fully satisfying way, that you feel wonderful in your body, and that your life feels rich and complete.

Now ask yourself, how much time and money have you spent trying to live up torepparttar cultural ideal of female beauty? Every year Americans spend over $40 billion on dieting. People put massive life energy into studyingrepparttar 149761 latest diet, planning menus, agonizing over food choices, depriving themselves, and doing forms of exercise they don't even enjoy. There is so much more to life thanrepparttar 149762 endless quest to makerepparttar 149763 body look likerepparttar 149764 cultural beauty ideal.

It doesn't have to be that way. Beforerepparttar 149765 dieting craze began, people defined themselves much more by who they were and what they did inrepparttar 149766 world. They spent their life energies enrichingrepparttar 149767 world around them instead of spending their time trying to look beautiful. They focused on their family, their community, and their unique talents.

Today women are subtly taught to define themselves strictly by how they look. Andrepparttar 149768 look we're taught to desire isn't even obtainable. Only 5% of women are underweight, yet 87% ofrepparttar 149769 actresses we see on television are. And models? Not only are their photos heavily airbrushed to remove any "flaws", they generally stand 5'9" and weigh 110 pounds. The average American woman, at 5'4" and 140 pounds just isn't ever going to look like that plasticized model no matter how hard she tries.

How to Stop the Media Attack on Your Body

Written by Nancy Hill

I don't know about you, but I'm tired ofrepparttar ongoing message thatrepparttar 149760 natural, curvy, womanly body I was born into is unacceptable. I'm tired of being horrified when I hear that five-year old girls already criticize their bodies and think they need to lose weight. I'm tired ofrepparttar 149761 media forcing their limited, unattainable version of beauty on us.

The underweight beauty ideal of today is a complete invention ofrepparttar 149762 media machine. Nature never intended women to look like teenage boys with large breasts, butrepparttar 149763 relentless media depiction of this body type powerfully defines it asrepparttar 149764 ultimate in beauty.

Without starvation and plastic surgery, it's impossible for 99% of women to achieve this ideal. So we learn to dislike our naturally gorgeous bodies and try desperately to change them. The toxic body messages we are deluged with every day cause eating disorders and widespread unhappiness.

53% of 13 year-old girls and 80% of adult women spend every day disliking their bodies. It doesn't have to be this way. People naturally have all sorts of different body shapes and sizes. We don't have to letrepparttar 149765 media continue to define just one type of beauty asrepparttar 149766 ideal. We don't have to let them continue to ruin countless lives in their quest for more profits.

The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) Media Watchdog program is working to changerepparttar 149767 toxic media message. You can help by joiningrepparttar 149768 free program and monitoring magazines, television, and radio. Keep track of what you see then send your positive and negative findings to NEDA.

Every quarter they write at least one letter of praise or protest to companies on behalf ofrepparttar 149769 Watchdogs and postrepparttar 149770 results onrepparttar 149771 NEDA Media Watchdog website. Sincerepparttar 149772 inception ofrepparttar 149773 program in 1997, over halfrepparttar 149774 ads they protested have been discontinued.

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