Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Unattainable standards

I saw this video posted on Facebook, and it made me think about the unattainable standards we're constantly exposed to in the media. Enjoy!

The video is supposed to be funny, but it also brings up some good points about how images we see in the media, particularly of women, are altered, often drastically. Meanwhile, we are made to believe that this is what we should strive for, and that this is the standard by which we should measure ourselves. How unfair is it that we're made to believe that we've somehow failed if we fall short of this standard, when in reality, it doesn't even exist?!

Before I became an intuitive eater, during a time when my body image was extremely poor, I really did think that I should look like the women I saw in magazines, on TV, and in movies. I thought, "if they can do it, why can't I?" At the time, I was still in that competitive, "must-win" mindset, so I felt that if it was humanly possible to have a body like that, then with enough hard work and determination, I could do it too. The problem is, as we've seen from this video, more often than not the images we see are not the originals, so in reality it isn't humanely possible for most people to achieve a body like that! I say "most people" because the truth of the matter is that, yes, there are some very thin and virtually flawless people in the world, but we need to remember that they make up a tiny portion of the population (while magazines would have you believe they make up the majority!), and some of them might actually be suffering from an eating disorder, which is definitely NOT fun!

I feel like ALL people (especially women) need to see videos like this to understand how truly unattainable modern standards of beauty have become, rather than beat themselves up about the fact that they don't measure up.

So, the next time you pick up a magazine, try to remember when you're looking at those images that they aren't real, and that there's no point in comparing yourself to an altered image. Try to see the photos as a work of digital art rather than a photo of a real person, because in actuality, that's a lot closer to the truth!

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