Posted on February 20 2017
What a surprise I got this morning when a dear friend of mine whatsapped me the picture you see before your very eyes.
When I first saw the picture my initial reaction was "ooohh blooming heck, the gyms been working" and then I read the paragraph next to it. "This cheeky pic just reminds us that pancake day's coming up later this month" first I started to chuckle to myself at the amusing comment, as my derrière does in fact resemble a flattened peach, but then I started thinking about more than just the comment.
I would expect a credible magazine, that young women take inspiration and influence from to promote a healthy body image, not make one question if I should have bum implants.
The issue that concerns me is the audience of women that buy this magazine are aged 15-34, now I don't know about you guys but I'm 29 years old and it is only in the last couple of years I have learnt (as clichéd as this sounds) to love myself, which really is the greatest gift of all - quote Queen Whitney 👑.
Women of today are so impressionable, especially with the social media influencers that are constantly presented in front of us, the filters/photo editing apps that are easily accessible (I am also a fan of the snapchat goddess filter) and magazines that criticise healthy bodies, amongst many more factors.
Being a mother to three delightful daughters and growing up feeling body conscious I know how easy it is to become obsessed with self image and how easy an unhealthy mindset can creep in. This can then lead to self esteem issues. And honey ain't no body wants them, leave the issues to Vogue.
I am happy in my own skin, I eat in moderation, don't deprive myself of food and exercise on a regular basis. I am a healthy size 8-10 and I appreciate I am not perfect, but I am happy with my body (however I have upped the squats!).
I want my children to grow up with a healthy mindset to do with their image and not for them to think cosmetic surgery is the so called norm.
I read articles and see women at 20 years old who are beautiful and have beautiful bodies that are getting fat removed from their stomachs and put into their bottoms, which is causing them physical pain, they are then influencing the younger generation.
Women as young as 20 are getting Botox, lip fillers, bum implants and have the attitude that this is the norm. When, in reality, this is not the norm, and it needs addressing.
Choices to do with cosmetic surgery should not be a flippant decision made on a whim, as we are talking about cosmetic surgery. Which can alter your image for life, and after speaking to many women who have had surgery the majority have agreed the strive for perfection becomes addictive. This is not an addiction I would like any of my daughters to have at 20.
When I look through magazines I must see Celebrities on every other page with some form of image altering surgery and most of the women I see are generally aged between 20-30.
I am not against cosmetic surgery, i believe if it's a thought through and researched decision then self esteem can be boosted and sustained. However I don't think it is ethical to believe cosmetic surgery is a go to option as a quick fix for perfection or treat it like you're shopping for new clothes.
How can we teach each other to praise our bodies for what they are, pancakes and all, so the younger more impressionable generation grow up with a healthy mindset?
we can educate each other on healthy bodies, we can embrace imperfection and we can stop using photo editing apps (well at least in every picture anyway)
being imperfect is not a bad thing.
Imperfection makes you unique and that is rare.
For all you women out there who want to improve Your derrière whilst loving life - here is how you can have your pancake and eat it.
Alternatively, I'd strongly recommend getting in touch with www.tbt90.com and follow @the.life.lab For the body you want to achieve 🙌🏽