I feel like this week (even more than others) I have consistently been a witness to a battle- it shows up on tv shows, talk shows, with friends...everywhere! So I wanted to get your thoughts on it because, quite frankly, I can't make up my mind about it!
When do you love and accept your body and when is it okay to try and change it?
I hear about some overweight actress that has come to terms with her not-size-zero body and loves herself; should I feel happy for her, proud of her, point her out to be some kind of role model? Or do I feel concerned because certainly obesity isn't healthy and now people who need to make a change are going to have someone to point to as their "reason" for staying unhealthy? I want to cheer with those that say "you are beautiful just the way you are" but I also don't think we should be teaching our tiny ones that it is okay to be fat even though it is different...it isn't the being different part that is wrong, it is that obesity is a serious health problem...for everyone! (Even if you aren't obese yourself, you pay for it...can you say health care?)
But then on the other hand you have a tiny, seemingly "perfect" looking woman that will stop at nothing to feed an obsession to be skinnier, prettier, curvier, etc. Why can't she be satisfied? Is it because for too long we have brainwashed girls into thinking that have to look a certain way? I definitely don't want to endorse that either!
At the end of the day, I guess I am confused with how to reconcile these different extremes. I don't think that a person's self-image should be based solely on outward appearances, however is it really okay, healthy, right, etc. to completely disregard your physical looks from how you feel about your self? I mean, didn't Heavenly Father give us a body?
Do you see my conundrum? Is there such a thing as being too pleased/acceptant of your body??? Is it possible to worry about your appearance yet not be vain???
What are your thoughts?