The ‘health’ and beauty industries are highly lucrative, and the market for their products is vast. So, by presenting the consumer with an ideal of eternal youth and beauty that’s realistically impossible to achieve, they’re tapping into an inexhaustible source of income.
The average woman will never be able to achieve the ideal she’s bombarded with. And the chances are that if you offer her assistance in the form of ever-more innovative lotions and potions, she’s likely to bite your hand off.
Magazines will always push these products with images of perfection, as long as the industry is willing to pay heavily for the privilege of their prime positions. These marketing ploys have thousands of women lamenting the way they look, but this will never change unless members of the industry alter their branding, and our purchasing power changes.
Of course, family and friends can also negatively affect the way we feel about ourselves. But fundamentally, this resentment of our own reflection can only really be re-examined and re-adjusted by ourselves.
It’s important to try and remember that while being thin and youthful in appearance is often associated with being healthy, this isn’t realistically the case.
Bodies of all shapes and sizes can be healthy, so by embracing a healthy lifestyle and tweaking the way you think about your image, you’ll find your self-esteem and feelings of well-being improve in line with your health and fitness. You’ll learn to love and appreciate all the things your body can do, and before you know it, you’ll be singing your own praises in your plus-size swimwear or applauding your athletic limbs.
If it’s not enough motivation to alter your thinking for yourself, then do it for your children. After all, children learn from their parents, and if they constantly see you monitoring the latest miracle diet or moaning about your muffin-top, the chances are that they’ll follow suit.
Children need their parents to guide them towards making healthy choices, rather than following a quick fix in the form of a restrictive diet. It’s important to dissuade young minds from thinking that body shape should be their top priority. Comfort in their own skin should be their core concern.
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Hope you are doing lovely and staying cool in the heat!!!