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While sipping on her morning coffee, Alizey began flipping through the pages of the latest issue of a fashion magazine. Scanning the perfect sleek and slim models with their zero size figures and not one hair out of place, Alizey felt more and more conscious of her weight and body image. She lost the appetite to even begin the breakfast she had just finished cooking for herself.
This fake and unnatural image of beauty that the media presents, makes so many girls develop a distorted image of their body. And in their efforts to try to come up to the image of beauty reflected in these magazines, they start to develop eating disorders. Girls with anorexia become abnormally thin and yet still continue to diet or take extreme measures to avoid eating. Girls with bulimia, after consuming a large amount of food force themselves to vomit to avoid gaining weight. And these are disorders that are very common.
What many girls don’t realize is that these images in magazines and billboards are far from reality. They are an artwork created by a team of professionals including hair stylists, makeup artists who spend long hours on it. And there are so many resources like editing and filtering, used to make an ordinary face picture perfect. Jessimae Peluso’s famous quote never gets old:
“You will never look like the girl in the magazine. The girl in the magazine doesn’t look like the girl in the magazine.”
Yes, maintaining a healthy body is very essential but you don’t have to starve yourself to look perfect. You are perfect the way you are. Stop letting the society dictate you that you’d look prettier if you lost some pounds, or you’ll be happier if only you weighed less, or that your life would be perfect once you lose the certain number of pounds.
You’re more than the number on the scales. Realize your worth. Your weight doesn’t define you nor the number of pounds you’ve gained or lost. But what defines you is your inner being; who you are as a person. Your good character and morals is what makes you prettier. Your helpful and selfless nature, going out of your way to help others is what makes you happier. Your kindness and compassion, your values, your principles and integrity, your intelligence, your dreams and inspirations, your potential and abilities, is what defines you. You are an amazing person with so much good to give to the world. The number on the scales doesn’t define your worth but what actually matters is how good you are as a daughter, as a sister, as a mother, as a friend, as a spouse and as a member of the community. You are an incredible person, absolutely wonderful and worthy just the way you are, even with those extra pounds, belly fat and double chin.