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, read more
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?
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