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Could You Sign a Body Peace Treaty?

For obvious reasons, I'm not a regular reader of Seventeen, but I'm always psyched to pick up a teen magazine and see stories promoting positive body image. Seventeen is especially great about this, and it's even gone so far as to create a Body Peace Treaty that women of all ages can sign, declaring that they will be more accepting of their bodies.

The pledge, which has been signed by celebs like Miley Cyrus, Hayden Panettiere, Fergie, and Ciara, lists 12 promises women should keep in order to avoid being obsessed with food and weight. To see my favorites from the list,

I think these 12 points are great reminders for all of us. The Body Peace Treaty isn't discouraging us from eating well or staying fit, but it does reinforce the fact no one's body is perfect, and so it's pointless to stress so much about our appearances. Here are some of my favorite promises on the list.

  • Remember that the sun will still rise tomorrow even if I had one too many slices of pizza or an extra scoop of ice cream tonight.
  • Remind myself that what you see isn't always what you get on TV and in ads — it takes a lot of airbrushing, dieting, money, and work to look like that.
  • Remember that even the girl who I'd swap bodies with in a minute has something about her looks that she hates.

Could you be at peace with your body enough to sign this treaty? The goal is to get one million signatures, so why not add your name to the list?

Image courtesy of Seventeen

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bigbrowneyes bigbrowneyes 8 years
yay!
bigbrowneyes bigbrowneyes 8 years
yay!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I saw this on the Tyra show and I think it is a great idea, but I also agree with maya...it's magazines like Seventeen that make girls feel like crap in the first place! Why don't they put their money where their mouth is and have some actual-sized girls in their ads and cover shots? I think that would go a lot farther in helping girls feel better about themselves. Oh, and I LOVE "How to Look Good Naked"! I've never seen the BBC version, but the one with Carson is not too bad. I just love how the women in the show really embrace their bodies by the end of the show, flaws and all.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I saw this on the Tyra show and I think it is a great idea, but I also agree with maya...it's magazines like Seventeen that make girls feel like crap in the first place! Why don't they put their money where their mouth is and have some actual-sized girls in their ads and cover shots? I think that would go a lot farther in helping girls feel better about themselves. Oh, and I LOVE "How to Look Good Naked"! I've never seen the BBC version, but the one with Carson is not too bad. I just love how the women in the show really embrace their bodies by the end of the show, flaws and all.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I'm eight years older than "Seventeen," but I found the treaty in November and I signed it immediately. I'm not exaggerating when I say it changed my life. It really put away any trivial anxieties I would sometimes have over my body.
maya622 maya622 8 years
This is a great message, but it's coming from a horrible source. Teen mags like Seventeen -- and women magazines like Cosmo -- are often the biggest perpetrators of bad body images for young women. Not to mention that Cosmo regularly sells magazines by rehashing cover blurbs about how to please men (10 things to make him want you, get him hot tonight, etc) while never once mentioning things about learning how to please yourself. I definitely support healthy body image, but I think instead of going on some million signatures marketing campaign, Seventeen should take a hard look at their own magazine. I remember reading body image stories on one page in these mags and then turning to a bikini spread with unbelievably tiny models on the next. If they want girls to have better body image, they should use diverse models with all different body types. It's so easy, yet seemingly not as easy as getting super thin celebrities with personal trainers and dietitians to sign a piece of paper. Shame!
auntdelite auntdelite 8 years
What a wonderful idea! I signed it and sent it on to my niece and sister to do the same.
keiren63 keiren63 8 years
I like the idea. For those of us over the age of 21, this is why I like the show "How to Look Good Naked" (the British version not the US--the British host actually seems like he genuinely is interested in the women and wants them to do well...Carson Kressley seems like he's reading a script, and is waiting for the women to "be over" their emotional moments so he can do his next line). Despite the provocative title, it's about learning to like what you see in the mirror, to see your good points no matter what and to like yourself. Definitely a message all females need. I asked my seven year old daughter if she wanted fries the other day and she said,in horror, "Oh, mom, that's too many calories!" and I've caught her reading the nutrition labels. She doesn't understand healthy calorie intakes but she was turning down food because it seemed to her to have too many calories. I never read labels! I never even talk about calories!
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
This is a wonderful message to send to all women. So glad that someone did something that relates to all of us girls, but is still done tastefully.I'll sign it.
i-heart-monster i-heart-monster 8 years
This is a wonderful message to send to all women. So glad that someone did something that relates to all of us girls, but is still done tastefully. I'll sign it.
kia kia 8 years
Awesome list. I'm gonna e-mail the source to my nieces. We regularly have body image talks but they seem to be constantly facing these issues.
missbanana missbanana 8 years
i think that is marvelous. i hope teens take to it. I know that i needed those reminders when i was in highschool
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