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If you’ve been feeling down because of your body, read this latest post by Pia Wurtzbach.
On Instagram, the Miss Universe 2015 shared some inspiring words to promote body positivity. She said, “We’re more than a number on a scale, a filter on Instagram, or the opinion of other people.”
The post was accompanied by a photo of her in a swimsuit. The caption continues, “Was a bit hesitant to post this pic cause I’ve been called so many names over the years, but you know what, this body has carried me through life, and I will honor it — cellulites, jiggles and all.”
Wurtzbach ended her post with, “Best to just shake off any negative comments (pun intended), right?”
According to Harvard-trained psychologist Sabrina Romanoff, PsyD, body image struggles are prevalent among teenagers as they go through developmental changes. She said, “This is only magnified in the digital world where curated and edited images of others make the unattainable or perfection seem like the norm.”
A negative body image can result in a lack of confidence that may discourage them from activities and friends, unhealthy eating habits, anxiety, and even depression.
To overcome a negative body image, Healthline has a few tips:
- Detox from social media — several weeks or a month could give you space and mental clarity to reset your self-image.
- Create multiple lists of the top things you like about yourself.
- Surround yourself with loving, positive people — in real life and online.
Therapy and support groups are also ways to develop a positive body image.
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