We all know that there’s no such thing as the perfect body, yet too many women strive for the unreachable. Instead of working towards the healthiest body you can get, we sometimes opt for the skinniest, the unachievable, or the least healthy. We sometimes forget that genetics plays a part in how a healthy body will look.
Research suggests that images of unrealistic body shapes and sizes in the media contribute to body dissatisfaction for women of all ages. Men are not immune from the media’s bombardment of unrealistic body shapes.
Being your best may start with creating realistic perceptions of what “healthy” and “normal” look like.
- Female models in the U.S. average a size 0 or 00. Most of these models are between age 14-19 and most have not yet developed into a woman’s body.
- Very few (if any) women are genetically capable of attaining the body shapes and sizes that are presented in the media. Even models don’t look like the air-brushed images that are displayed in magazines and on billboards.
- The average American woman is 5 feet 4 inches and weighs about 140 pounds. The average clothing size for women in the U.S. is between sizes 12-14.
If you only believe what the fashion industry puts forth as the ideal woman, you will always be dissatisfied with your body type. Skinny does not automatically equate to healthy. The truth is that many models endure a lot of hardship to maintain their unrealistic bodies.