We talk a lot here about the importance of a positive body image, but is that something you can really just will yourself to have? Can you simply look in the mirror one day and decide that today is the day you will love your body, flaws and all? We wish it were that easy, but with the media constantly barraging us with the “perfect body” images (and letting you know just how you can get one in a mere 10 minutes a day!), it can seem like a never-ending battle. So when I heard about a new iPhone app, Body Beautiful, designed to promote a positive body image to women, I was curious. Would this help me muddle through all of those negative messages and stay focused on loving myself? Sounds a bit cheesy, but I decided to give it a try.
The first thing it asked me to do was load my photo. When I did that, it appeared with the message “There will never be a more beautiful you.” I have to admit, I kinda liked seeing that. Then I clicked on the pledge where it asks you to sign a statement:
- To love, honor and respect my body.
- To be a positive body-image role model for other girls and women.
- To give my body the care it needs with proper nutrition, rest and exercise.
- To stop comparing myself to others and critiquing other girls’ or women’s appearance.
There is also a pretty interesting section called “Buzz” with the latest body image headlines, including one about “Fat Talking Women Face More Body Image Issues Than Others” and “Actress Urged to Starve Herself: What Would You Do?”
I have to admit, when I first read about this app, I thought it would be pretty bogus and a bit too “rah-rah, you are beautiful”, but it actually makes me feel good to look at it and know that I’m not alone in this battle of bodies our society has going.
Plus, I like the story of the 28-year-old founder, Allie Marie Smith, who admits to her own struggles with self-esteem and eating disorders:
I constantly believed I was fat even though I wasn’t. For a while I took diet pills and would often binge and even throw up. Like many girls, I believed the lie that I had to be perfect to be loved and being perfect meant being thin like the girls in the magazines.
Imagine if every teenage girl and woman had this app and vowed to look at it once a day. We have to start somewhere, right?