There is a voice inside of you
That whispers all day long,
"I feel that this is right for me,
I know that this is wrong."
No teacher, preacher, parent, friend
Or wise man can decide
What's right for you--just listen to
The voice that speaks inside.
~ Shel Silverstein
I love this! It helps me to remember to listen to and trust my inner wisdom.
Your inner wisdome is the voice that speaks from your heart. The more you listen to it the more power you give it - and the louder it becomes.
Ask your heart "what do you want me to know right now?" - and listen for the answer. The voice from your heart is the voice of self-love. And positive body image is all about loving who we are from the inside out.
Over the weekend I came across an article that highlighted an interesting point about Vogue magazine; despite having a readership that's one-fifth women over 50, Vogue has only featured one woman over 40 on the cover in the past year — Halle Berry.
However, this trend is not limited to Vogue. The article also states that research shows fashion magazines portray women over 40 sparingly, if at all.
According to a review of eating disorder research published in June in the journal Clinical Psychology Review, about 4.5 percent of middle-age women have eating disorders, and some studies have found increased admissions of middle-age women into eating disorder clinics in the past decade.
The same review found only two earlier studies that investigated the link between media consumption and eating disorders in older women. A study published in 2008 found that pressure from family, peers and media was linked with a desire for thinness and disordered eating. Another study, published in 2003, found that family pressure was the most influential path to an eating disorder, though perceived media pressure had a small to medium influence as well.
It is my personal view that we need to celebrate diversity and therefore women of all ages, shapes and sizes need to be portrayed in the media as this provides a realistic picture of what constitutes 'normal'. Celebrating diversity encourages self-acceptance and self-love and this helps to foster positive body image. If we can help women feel good about themselves from the inside out, we have a very real chance of reducing the alarming incidence of eating disorders in our community and ultimately saving lives.
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."
I hope this post inspires you to explore, dream and discover. You have everything you need inside of you to create the amazing life that you deserve.