The amazingly beautiful Audrey Hepburn suffered from body image issues (and "survivor's guilt").
Over at Dance Advantage you can find an article I wrote concerning body image issues within the dance community. I start the article writing about something I found on a "health" website. On this website you can upload your picture and see what you would look like if you lost or gained weight. What the what? Who in their right mind would ever want to do that? (raises hand slowly and silently)
It got me thinking: What purpose is this supposed to serve? All it did for me was make me more neurotic about looking at myself. Could it be that (gasp!) the website wants us to be even more obsessed about our looks and therefore invest more time and interest in their website? Of course me, the sucker for all marketing, fell right into this trap and clicked over to the "how to fight weight gain" button after looking at myself ten pounds heavier. (hangs head slowly and silently)
Anger. At myself and at this very popular website that I refuse to name. Why would anyone want to promote anything but a healthy attitude toward our bodies? All I want to say to myself and to this website is:
Who Cares? People gain weight. People lose weight. It's part of life.
Do you freak out if you gain weight? I know many of you don't even own a scale. I admire you for that!
To read the article on Dance Advantage click here or look for: Guest Post: Body Image — Are You Looking For Perfection In Your Reflection?