If you could wave a magic wand and change the most toxic thought pattern in women (and men) about their bodies, what would it be?
There’s no doubt that unrealistic standards of women in the media have a role to play in the rise of body dissatisfaction and low self- esteem. What advice can you give to best protect mental health if you cannot change the environment?
Firstly, I think it’s really important to remember that if someone is trying to sell you something then their primary aim is to make you dissatisfied with how you already are. How often have we felt fine about an aspect of ourselves or our image until we see something that we now *must* have or change about ourselves? Secondly, you also need to remember that no one really looks like they do in the pictures on the internet, photoshopping and filtering are the norm, which means that comparing yourself to a model in an image is not much different to comparing yourself to a cartoon character, they aren’t like that in real life!