Positive Body Image
Think about all the things your body can do. Have you ever
thought about just how amazing your body really is? Adding
to the amazing features of your body, you have a unique body
type, none of us look exactly the same. This makes the world
a much more exciting place to be. As you grow and develop,
your body will begin to take on its genetically programmed
shape. This basic shape can’t be changed. It’s
all in your genes. Look at the bodies of other people in your
family. As your body grows it may start to look more like
other family members. There are multiple body types, which
will be discussed later.
Your body image is how you feel about your body. Having
a positive body image is very important. It means you love,
accept and appreciate your body. It doesn’t matter if
you’re not perfect. No one is. If you’re confident
and carry yourself with pride then you’ll be attractive.
Therefore, love your body and take care of it.
Positive Body Image
Some people are shaped like a spoon. Their upper body is
smaller than their lower body. Other people are shaped like
an hourglass. This shape is curvy with a larger upper and
lower body, but smaller waist. Another shape is a ruler. This
shape is straight with not much difference between the upper
and lower body. The upper body of someone that is cone shaped
is larger than their lower body. No category is better or
worse than any other, only different. Learn to like and respect
your body the way it is built, and make the most of what you've
Ways to improve and maintain a positive body image:
- No amount of exercise or change in eating habits will
change the basic, genetically programmed shape of your body.
- Don’t try to be a shape that you can’t be.
- Learn to like and respect your body the way it is built.
- Make the most of what you’ve got.
- Wear clothes that are comfortable and make you feel good
about your body.
- Work with your body, not against it.
Factors to be aware of when building a positive body image:
Everyone wants to have friends and feel part of a group.
This is normal and part of growing up. It's good and healthy
to have friends. But it's not healthy when it means giving
into pressure just to fit in. Only you know what is best for
you. Don't let your friends make decisions for you or tell
you to do things that are unsafe, unhealthy, or unkind, and
that you will later wish you hadn't done. Part of self-esteem
is having the power to be yourself because you are such a
It's wonderful living in a world where there are so many
different types of people. Sometimes the media doesn't represent
these differences. Girls, don't let the images of girls and
women in the media be your standard of what is "normal."
Fella’s don’t let the pumped up, muscular physiques
cause you to over work your still growing and developing bodies.
Remember that computers can do amazing things to pictures.
The pictures of models you see have been airbrushed and touched
up. Things like wrinkles, blemishes, uneven skin tones, sags,
bulges, or out of place hairs, can be fixed by a computer
before going to print. For TV and movie stars, looking the
way they do is a full-time job, and they get a lot of help
too. They have makeup artists, hairstylists, clothing consultants,
and lighting experts to help make them look so good. How many
teens do you know that have personal and physical trainers?
And besides, you have better things to do, like making friends,
studying to accomplish your goals, playing sports, and having
A lot of celebrities work out really hard with their own
personal trainers to get their bodies in shape. Working out
is good for your body, but many celebrities will train for
several hours a day to get the muscular look you see. Most
people don't have this much time, and working out this much
can be damaging to your body anyway. As you can tell, these
standards of beauty set by the media aren't real and can be
Everyone wants to be attractive, but what is it about a person
that really makes him or her attractive? The truth is that
it's not any one thing. Beauty is a combination of many qualities
that give pleasure to the senses or mind. Your personality,
sense of humor, and compassion for others is a large part
of what makes you attractive. The secret to being attractive
is feeling attractive. It is more about inner qualities than
physical appearance. You may not love all of your qualities,
but if you see yourself as a strong person with many goals
and talents, you will begin to feel more comfortable with
yourself. Feel good about yourself and let your positive attitude
Sometimes it can be a challenge to remember that beauty
is about what's on the inside. Don't measure yourself against
the media's unrealistic ideals and don't compare yourself
to other teens either. You are a unique person. You'll never
be someone else and no one else will ever be you. That's what
makes our world so great. We live on a diverse planet and
have many different gifts to share. Instead of trying to be
like someone else, just try being you. Celebrate your differences.
What is it that makes you special: Is it your great laugh?
Your listening ear? Your sense of humor? Your athletic ability?
Your concern for others? As you discover your own strengths
you will begin to feel more comfortable with yourself. You
will see that you are a beautiful person with the power to
make your goals a reality.
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