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Do You Have a Healthy Body Image?

After enduring two pregnancies and two labors, the way I thought about my body completely changed. Yes, I was amazed how my body accommodated my growing children, but the changes in my body image were both more subtle and more profound. After seeing my oldest, at the time just over two years, imitate me and frown at her own image in the mirror, I went cold turkey and stopped criticizing my body. Ending the constant internalized litany of my physical shortcomings actually helped me like my body. Then seeing my girls imitate their mommy by participating in their first triathlon earlier this Spring made me love what my body can do, the distances it can endure, and how a body in motion can inspire two little girls to run, bike, and swim.

As you can tell, my body image has improved with age and I can honestly say I have a healthy body image. This was unfortunately not always the case, which leads me to wonder about you all.

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 6 years
Exercising and eating healthfully has helped me boost my body image tremendously!
ayuninur ayuninur 6 years
eh, i don't know..
inlove23 inlove23 6 years
Yes, I've always been confident about it, even on chubby days =) While I realized my body needed to change I didn't obsess and get panicky about it. I just took it one day at a time by eating healthy and adding exercise. Looking back I can see a huge difference in my body in just six months and I'm even more confident. While I can look at my skinner friends and be jealous I decide not too and just be happy with the skin I'm in =)
AdoredNinjaGirl AdoredNinjaGirl 6 years
When I was a bit younger, I never cared what people thought of me, then I got a friend who I adored (she was practically my older sister) and she would always say she was fat. Seeing my role model doing that made me reconsider my own body, and I had a terrible self esteem from then on. After we both moved on, here I am, still left with the question "What do other people see when they look at me?"
KibzeeLovee KibzeeLovee 6 years
most of the time i do hold a healthy body image- lots of thanks to my mama! growing up i never heard her express any insecurities of her own body. if she had them, she kept them to herself. i notice some friends whose mothers were vocally critical of themselves, and it rubbed off on their daughters.
turtleshell turtleshell 6 years
I used to be obsessed with my weight. I had an eating disorder for many years, and never thought I would ever recover. I became terrified of eating. Eventually, I was scared at how skinny I was getting, but I was too afraid of eating to stop the weight loss. It took a LOT of work, but now I am completely recovered (I rarely even think back to my eating disordered days) and I have a WONDERFUL body image. As an art student, I have the joy of painting and drawing all sorts of body types and can see the beauty in everyone's body, cheesy as it sounds. I think it is outrageous how the media puts forward such negative ideals about body image. There isn't just one cookie-cutter standard of beauty - and besides, why is looking attractive so important?! We have people obsessed with weight instead of trying to be smarter, kinder, funnier, etc.? And yet aren't these the qualities we look for when making friends and starting relationships?! It's ridiculous. But it is VERY empowering to throw those crazy standards aside and just accept that this is my body and I am VERY happy with it!
Kellanawida Kellanawida 6 years
I'm very self conscious about my body and I'm constantly trying to love it. I was bullied as a teenager and I'm an emotional eater which didn't help. Now I'm slowly l earning that I love working out and eating healthily.
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
As an adult, I've become happy with my body. I'm still self conscious about cellulite, but I figure so is everyone else. As a teenager, I hated my boobs (34C at age 13) and always wore baggy clothes to hide my body.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I'd like to believe that if I were to be mangled in a car accident, maybe life would still be worth living.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I'm liking my body better the older I get, which is kind of strange I suppose. When I was a teenager, I was very overweight and I always wished I had a body like my younger sister's. When I got into college and started eating healthy and exercising, I became aware of how powerful my body was and it started morphing right before my eyes...I became slimmer and more muscular. I started to really appreciate what my body was and what it looked like. Now that I'm married, my husband tells me every day how beautiful I am and how fantastic he thinks my body is. I'm comfortable being naked for the most part, I'm comfortable walking around the beach in a bikini, and I'm comfortable in my own skin. I definitely have bad body-image days, but it's usually after I've eaten too much salt or something and I get all puffy. Usually, if I drink some water, I'm back to normal again.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 6 years
it's a work in progress. to be honest, i think my pediatrician did a lot of damage as he was more interested in the number on the scale than the fact that i was active in with dance and sports. plus i'm shy, so self-consciousness is wrapped up in that as well. the best i ever felt about myself was when i trained for my first half marathon because i so was excited about pushing my body to achieve a fitness goal. i miss feeling like that, so i'm focusing on that while i work on number two and treating a few dropped pounds as a happy side effect.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 6 years
I don't know if I would I ever had unhealthy body image. As a teenager I felt very uncomfortable in my own skin because I had gone from being a somewhat scrawny little kid to starting to have the body I would have as an adult. Now that I'm older I'm used to my own body so the level of discomfort I use to have has gone away. I should also mention though I didn't grow up thinking about things like weight as a kid and didn't have anyone focusing only on me "needing" to look perfect whatever that even means.
goddessru goddessru 6 years
I feel really saddened by the pressure of society, our friends and families, and sometimes we ourselves put on "perfection" of having a perfect body. We are all different and beautiful, and I wish that would be preached more than following a formula. I've always had good body confidence despite not always having a perfect body or being judged. I always felt that this is my body, and I have the power to make it look a certain way or not, but I disallow myself from self-deprecating or hateful thoughts. And if I think something needs to change, I try to change it instead of being self deprecating. I've not always had the perfect body, or been told so, I'm pretty curvy. But that is who I am and have always been like that. Even at my skinniest, I remember actually feeling more self conscience in my skin because everyone was commenting on how much weight I'd lost (and starting speculating I was anorexic, I wasn't, I ran track). But having gained a few since then, I actually feel more confident. I do feel like we need to teach ourselves these things, and hopefully set an example to think that we are beautiful in our different ways.
Chrstne Chrstne 6 years
As a child and teenager, my family (especially my dad) made a very big deal about my "attractiveness" and my "nice body". That is pretty much the only thing in the world that matters to them. My dad even started to tell me at 13 years old that if I didn't gain or lose weight, and I just got taller, Id be "perfect". He said things like that all the time, and I became very self-conscious. My family was always talking about my appearance, and I became obsessed and very critical of myself. When I was 20, I started a serious relationship and I put on some weight...which was pretty traumatic, considering how important looks is to a lot of people I know. I have since lost weight, and now I am feeling better about myself. The thing is that I'm not trying to be perfect, and I am not too concerned with it. I don't focus on "perfection", because that is just not going to happen. My dad was nuts for trying to tell me stuff like that. If I like myself the way I am, and I am comfortable in my own skin, that is what matters. I'm 23 now, and yeah, I'd say that I have a decent body image nowadays.
Pistil Pistil 6 years
I'm working on it, my perspective, I mean. My body is fully functional right now, I can never take that for granted.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
i grew up having a great body image and i've always received compliments on my body, but the amount of mixed messages and crap i've been exposed to since my teens has made me more critical of mine and others' bodies. growing up has taught me to try instead to focus on my personality and health etc - who and how i am, rather than simply what i look like and to do the same with others
kelly kelly 6 years
Yes i'm happy with my body, i eat haelthy, work out without being obsessive. That being said it has not always been the case but i'm managed to work on it and it too years. I'm 25 and i can finally say that i have a healthy body image :)
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