Healthy Body Image: Body Hatred is Learned

By Marsha Hudnall on 07/02/2008
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Another excellent e-letter from our friend and consultant Karin Kratina. Karin and her colleague Amy Tuttle write how body hatred is a learned behavior:

Have you ever met a baby who hated her body? Somewhere along the way, we learn to dislike, and even hate, our bodies. How did we learn this?

With that provocative statement, they then go on to discuss the effect of advertising, female oppression in the workplace and the power of positive self talk. It’s a worthwhile read — check it out on their website Nourishing Connections.

Read more about positive self talk on Green Mountain’s website, too. Giving ourselves positive feedback is a great way to start the day, and the more we do it, the more it becomes a habit that can change our lives for the better. And positive self talk is a key behavior for healthy weight loss and maintenance.

Here are a few suggestions from Karin and Amy for talking to yourself when you pass a mirror:

So, just for today, whenever you see your reflection, say something powerfully positive to yourself. Take a minute right now to decide what that will be. Some examples are:

• “Wow, what a wonderfully powerful woman!”
• “Hey, bright and beautiful you!”
• “Hello there sweet and wonderful person!”

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