Have you ever felt as if you kept hearing the same topic being brought up again and again from a multitude of people and sources, as if it were jumping out at you inviting you to act on it?
Well this happened to me this week in a big bad way and my passion for speaking out and making a change will not end at this blog, trust me.
Recently in the media a horrifying new internet trend was exposed by the name of ‘thinspo’ - chat rooms, tumblr boards and pinterest pages dedicated to girls with eating disorders sharing tips on how to continue this sickness secretly, ‘skinny’ inspirational boards with pictures of girls who are skin and bones with ribs showing, and so-called support groups where these young girls encourage each other to continue to abuse their bodies with starvation and methods to attain this desired look.
It’s truly heart breaking.
This epidemic of girls with unhealthy self-image, women tearing each other down to feel good about themselves and the media’s responsibility in portraying unrealistic expectations of beauty has been the message that will not stop falling into my lap. In fact Thursday I felt like it punched me in the face, which is why Friday, I decided to start vigorously researching, writing and planning. Because to me, it would be morally irresponsible to not take a stance about something I feel so passionate about.
Self-doubt is rampant and insecurities are crippling among girls and women....
and what I want to know is why no one is talking about it?
Did you know that in today’s society we consume 10-18 hours of media a day through television, music, campaign ads, phones, computers and more. Every waking moment we are subjected to these images which portray unhealthy messages or unrealistic expectations of beauty.
Take the Dove campaign for example: coined 'positive' in the way that everyone is beautiful, but what about the fact that it still hones in on body image?
What about being considered beautiful for drive, passion, kindness, education, philanthropy, going after what your heart desires and brining people up when they are down?
Everything in this world is based on beauty. The problem is we have lost sight of what is actually beautiful. We have these unrealistic expectations set for us, which are unattainable and consume our lives.
Over 80 percent of girls don't like their bodies. We don't like the vessel that carries us through this beautiful life, and that's a huge problem.
What would your day look like if you didn’t need to obsess over body image and beauty? Think of how much more free time you would have to follow your passions, change the world for the good and think much healthy, happier thoughts. It’s actually unbelievable if you take conscious note of what is going on in your mind for the majority of your day.
This is not to say you shouldn’t live a healthy and balanced lifestyle. The principles of Eating Pretty Nutrition have and will always be to achieve your healthiest body shape the correct way, including proper exercise, whole foods diet and self-love. We never promise and overnight change, do not support crash dieting and like to use the word ‘lifestyle’ in place of diet.
We may be part of this multi-billion dollar beauty industry – but I will be damned if we ever get grouped into the category of gaining consumers by convincing women they are flawed and unworthy if they don’t Eat Pretty.
We like to gain clients through showing them a healthy way to lose weight and achieve their best body shape, support them through our sisterhood of positive like minded women, challenge them to follow passions and achieve greatness and encourage a whole lot of self-love by showing them love, and why they are loveable.
When did it become a great idea for the female race to tear each other down in order to feel good about ourselves?
Growing up in high school and college – the media glorified the Paris Hiltons, Lindsay Lohans and Sex and the City types. Media was so strong and we had no other outlets. There was no social media, such as twitter, facebook and pinterest to have people speak out against the trends in a positive way. This created havoc in the way girls behaved, dressed, portrayed their intelligence level, abused drugs and alcohol, and treated each other. Being mean, making fun of, or tearing each other down was the norm. Movies like Mean Girls, toys like brats dollz and reality television shows were all glorifying destruction to self and relationships to appear ‘cool’…
it’s actually pretty sickening if you look at it in that way.
Today though, we have something on our side that we never had before. We control the media that gets thrown in our face, we have a say and a chance to reach thousands of people… It starts with us ladies, social Media for good! Let’s start our own trends of positive messages, inspirational boards filled with health, and spreading love to the girls in your life that make you smile!
Living Pretty will now be putting out a weekly Social Media for Good Challenge. You can show us you are participating in many ways!
Stay tuned Today at noon for the first Social Media for Good Challenge, and every Tuesday after that from Living Pretty!
Make sure you follow us at www.facebook.com/livingpretty to be sure not to miss out on any opportunities to spread good.
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