Is embracing your body on your list of intents for 2012? Especially near the beginning of the year, many of us leap on the New Years Resolution train with grandiose goals for our fitness and health regimes. We want to lose weight, exercise more, eat better… the list goes on and on. But what if you could develop a more loving relationship with your body just by spending more time in your birthday suit? Writer Chris Webb, over at Mind Body Green, says it all starts with self-love:
The American psyche is battered by relentless media projections of what the “ideal” body should be. While women have been targeted historically, men are an increasingly lucrative playground for the industries that profit off of insecurity and self-hatred.
AskMen.com reports that between 2009 and 2014 worldwide purchases of beauty products targeted to men will rise about fourfold from nearly $20 billion to $85 billion per year. In a 2009 follow-up to a 1984 survey about female body image, Glamour found that for twenty-five years, body dissatisfaction has remained steady across eras at 40 percent. Extrapolated into recent census data, this means that nearly 63 million women are unhappy based solely on subjective views about a vessel they cannot escape. As a result, the diet industry, which has a tremendous failure rate, flourishes with promises of beauty and happiness.
My honest advice for people enduring body hatred is simple: be naked more often. Not necessarily among other people, but definitely more than just for your daily shower.
It sounds crazy and counterintuitive, right? I certainly thought so…