Accepting the Body You Have

Reviewed Aug 6, 2018

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Summary

  • Eat normally.
  • Embrace your uniqueness.
  • Treat your body well with exercise.
  • Think positively about yourself and others.

We are bombarded by images of “perfect” bodies in the media. This can make us feel pressured to have an ideal shape or size. If you feel this pressure, you can learn to accept and enjoy your remarkable body—just as it is. Here are some suggestions:
 
Stop dieting
 
Instead of dieting, start eating normally. What’s normal eating? Eating when you’re hungry, listening to your body, and stopping when you feel full. Try eating regular meals (typically three) at the same time each day and snacking once or twice if you’re hungry.
 
Focus on the total person
 
You are more than how you look. Instead of focusing on your looks, remember that you are a unique person with special gifts and talents. Do you have a knack with computers or helping others? Do you enjoy singing in a choir? Find time to discover your gifts and talents and experiment with activities that make you feel good about yourself.
 
Enjoy your body
 
It’s important for your health to be active. Instead of exercising to reach a certain weight, do it to be active. Enjoy movement for its own sake. Spend a few minutes walking with a friend each day or look for small opportunities to become more active: Take the stairs instead of the elevator or park as far as possible from the entrance to a store. Have fun being physical without worrying so much about your weight.
 
Practice positive thinking
 
Positive thinking is also important for your well-being. Can’t take a compliment? Practice by complimenting yourself each day. Focus on your achievements, skills, and lifestyle choices. Spend time with positive thinkers, and avoid those who remain focused on physical appearances. Accept who you are, and be thankful for all you have.
 
Respect others
 
Respect all people, regardless of size. Don’t judge others who are overweight. Many overweight people are happy with their lives. It’s our characters and relationships that build a positive self-worth and a meaningful life. 

By Lauren Greenwood
Reviewed by Laurie Nadal, MD, VP Medical Director, Beacon Health Options

Summary

  • Eat normally.
  • Embrace your uniqueness.
  • Treat your body well with exercise.
  • Think positively about yourself and others.

We are bombarded by images of “perfect” bodies in the media. This can make us feel pressured to have an ideal shape or size. If you feel this pressure, you can learn to accept and enjoy your remarkable body—just as it is. Here are some suggestions:
 
Stop dieting
 
Instead of dieting, start eating normally. What’s normal eating? Eating when you’re hungry, listening to your body, and stopping when you feel full. Try eating regular meals (typically three) at the same time each day and snacking once or twice if you’re hungry.
 
Focus on the total person
 
You are more than how you look. Instead of focusing on your looks, remember that you are a unique person with special gifts and talents. Do you have a knack with computers or helping others? Do you enjoy singing in a choir? Find time to discover your gifts and talents and experiment with activities that make you feel good about yourself.
 
Enjoy your body
 
It’s important for your health to be active. Instead of exercising to reach a certain weight, do it to be active. Enjoy movement for its own sake. Spend a few minutes walking with a friend each day or look for small opportunities to become more active: Take the stairs instead of the elevator or park as far as possible from the entrance to a store. Have fun being physical without worrying so much about your weight.
 
Practice positive thinking
 
Positive thinking is also important for your well-being. Can’t take a compliment? Practice by complimenting yourself each day. Focus on your achievements, skills, and lifestyle choices. Spend time with positive thinkers, and avoid those who remain focused on physical appearances. Accept who you are, and be thankful for all you have.
 
Respect others
 
Respect all people, regardless of size. Don’t judge others who are overweight. Many overweight people are happy with their lives. It’s our characters and relationships that build a positive self-worth and a meaningful life. 

By Lauren Greenwood
Reviewed by Laurie Nadal, MD, VP Medical Director, Beacon Health Options

Summary

  • Eat normally.
  • Embrace your uniqueness.
  • Treat your body well with exercise.
  • Think positively about yourself and others.

We are bombarded by images of “perfect” bodies in the media. This can make us feel pressured to have an ideal shape or size. If you feel this pressure, you can learn to accept and enjoy your remarkable body—just as it is. Here are some suggestions:
 
Stop dieting
 
Instead of dieting, start eating normally. What’s normal eating? Eating when you’re hungry, listening to your body, and stopping when you feel full. Try eating regular meals (typically three) at the same time each day and snacking once or twice if you’re hungry.
 
Focus on the total person
 
You are more than how you look. Instead of focusing on your looks, remember that you are a unique person with special gifts and talents. Do you have a knack with computers or helping others? Do you enjoy singing in a choir? Find time to discover your gifts and talents and experiment with activities that make you feel good about yourself.
 
Enjoy your body
 
It’s important for your health to be active. Instead of exercising to reach a certain weight, do it to be active. Enjoy movement for its own sake. Spend a few minutes walking with a friend each day or look for small opportunities to become more active: Take the stairs instead of the elevator or park as far as possible from the entrance to a store. Have fun being physical without worrying so much about your weight.
 
Practice positive thinking
 
Positive thinking is also important for your well-being. Can’t take a compliment? Practice by complimenting yourself each day. Focus on your achievements, skills, and lifestyle choices. Spend time with positive thinkers, and avoid those who remain focused on physical appearances. Accept who you are, and be thankful for all you have.
 
Respect others
 
Respect all people, regardless of size. Don’t judge others who are overweight. Many overweight people are happy with their lives. It’s our characters and relationships that build a positive self-worth and a meaningful life. 

By Lauren Greenwood
Reviewed by Laurie Nadal, MD, VP Medical Director, Beacon Health Options

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