If you were asked where our young children are learning unrealistic and negative body image ideas,
what would you say?
I would immediately jump to the overwhelming and (mostly negative) impact of the media.
Then I would consider influence from school, classmates with older siblings or perhaps with parents
showing their kids different values to what I am trying to teach mine.
Then I would spout forth about how much consideration I give to my kids' self esteem at home.
That I wont let them put themselves down.
That I don't encourage emphasis being placed on external beauty
over that ideal of inner beauty.
That they don't see a mother standing at the mirror 30 minutes each morning,
preening and primping and refusing to leave the house without full makeup in place.
Today I learnt that apparently 97% of Australian women
will comment negatively about their body every single day.
That is a lot of women.
Though I am not happy with my body,
I would have said that I was in that 3% who don't air their body grievances on a daily basis.
But I am hesitating and thinking that I might be one of those 97%
if I really stop and think about it.
Then I start to think about my children hearing such self-deprecating remarks on a daily basis.
I am just going to shuffle down off my moral podium for a while
and think about it.
Are you in that 97%
or those 3 in a hundred who either don't have anything negative to say about their body
or at least keep it to themselves?