A survey conducted by Yahoo Health recently has found that only 1 in 7 Americans are body positive and showed that it takes women half of their lives to achieve the level of body self esteem as the average teenage male.
The online survey conducted on 2000 people between the ages of 13-64 found that 70% of males are either loving the way that they look or are body neutral but as they age they become more body negative/neutral. Surprise surprise, the opposite is true of women with 66% of teenage girls being either body negative or body ambivalentbut we tend to get more confident as we get older.
Depressingly it also found that teenage males are 3.5 more times to be body positive than women, that women hit body positivity between the ages of 35 and 54 but that only happens in 13% of women, that more than half of females are body negative or body ambivalent and that 94% of female teens have experienced body shame compared to only 64% of men.
94%. THAT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
As psychologist and body image expert Sari Shepphird said: "within out culture, it's fair game now to comment on a woman's weight, regardless of her age. It used to be that only happened for women who highlighted their bodies like models."
Of courseshe's totally right, tearing women apart for their figures has become the First World's favourite pastime and it's fairly clear to see here the detrimental affects of our attitudes.
Of course y'all knew this sort of stuff already, but I have to say, to read this all in one place shocked even me, and after a year of running this blog, I didn't think that was possible anymore.
EVERYWHERE we look these days there are photos of beautiful women, with the words surrounding these images tearing them apart, really, what did we expect?
The survey also found though that for females who have a mum who is NOT self-critical of her own weight, they are nearly 40% more likely to be body positive and so PLEASE, to all the mums out there, take that into consideration when you are complaining about your weight near your daughters.
To be honest, I think the purpose of this survey was to encourage us all to exercise a bit more and eat a bit better, but I hope instead that the results will shock us into doing something. When you remember that only 1 in 7 people are feeling body positive, let's practise bringing as many people UP as we can, because let's face it, we need it.
The fact also that 94% of female teens have experienced body shame is a clear sign that we must do better to be kinder. Because that is nearly every female teenager you've ever seen, or been actually.
There is a LOT of work to do if we want a body positive world, there shouldn't be, it is 2016 after-all and I'd have hoped we were beyond this, but we're not and it seems the only way to get there is to pull our socks up, stick a smile on and start being KIND to one another.