To not feel pressure to fit into societal norms is a rarity in this day and age. Too many of us look towards models and celebrities to see what we should look like, what size our waist should be, how big our features should be. We live in a world where very few people feel confident with their bodies or the way they look, simply because others are judgemental and pick flaws in those around them.
Studies have shown that at least 80% of girls are uncomfortable with their bodies. The “perfect body” that the media portray to us, especially within the modelling industry is 20% below the ideal healthy weight. This leads to many people around the world attempting to reach this “perfect body” by damaging their health both short term and long term to feel comfortable in their own skin.
40% of women and 20% of men have considered having plastic surgery to alter their appearance. This is most likely increasing year upon year as more and more people become insecure about themselves. But what is perfection? Does perfection exist? No, it doesn’t. Regardless of what we do, we will always be seen as imperfect to someone around the world. That is the beauty of society, we all are different and have different likes and dislikes; the whole world does not has the same concept of “perfect”.
These differences must be acknowledged but appreciated. No one should live and feel uncomfortable looking the way they are because other people judge them. Body image should be a personal choice, it should be a choice where the person WANTS to change their body, not because of any external influences.
We are heading towards generations of people where no one is comfortable being the way they are; generations of millions with eating disorders; and generations of millions with no self-confidence. We need to show people that they are perfect the way they are and that they should not feel a lack of confidence due to the people they see on TV.
Do not quantify your worth by the amounts of likes you get on a photo, you are worth more than you know and do not let anyone tell you any different. The fight for body confidence will be a tough one but hopefully more and more people learn to embrace who they are rather than allowing the media to tell them what they should look like to be “perfect”.
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