Weight and Self Image
It’s a well-known fact that our self-image is often distorted and, at worst, completely skewed. Our perceptions of ourselves are often colored more by what we hope to be true and what we fear to be true than by what the mirror is actually showing us. This can lead to a serious gap between what we need and what we’re actually doing for our bodies.
According to a report issued by the CDC, there are 2.4 million more obese people than there were in 2007. That’s a significant increase and seems to point to a very disturbing trend. People now are busier than they have ever been, and tend to eat very unhealthy but very convenient foods. This combined with our much more sedentary lifestyles can really cause a problem with weight – and with self-image.
Excess weight has a habit of “sneaking up” on a person. You may not even notice you’ve put on a few pounds until it becomes hard to button up your jeans. At this point, you have a choice on how to react, and it’s very easy to react poorly to excess weight. Everywhere you look, you’ll find products claiming to be just the cure you need for your excess body weight. Pills that promise you the moon are often nothing more than dangerous drugs that work by decreasing your appetite. That may work for the short term, but what then?
Weight gain may cause you to have a poor self-image, but repeated weight gain and loss are even worse for your esteem. You may start to feel a sense of success and failure that becomes a vicious, unending circle as your weight – and your confidence – rises and falls. Unrealistic diets and dangerous drugs are rarely the answer to your problems.
A healthy diet, a good exercise routine, and a less sedentary lifestyle may not lead to rapid weight loss, but it will make you healthy and strong, increase your self-esteem, and help you break bad habits – and the vicious cycle of weight gain and yo-yo dieting.
Once you reach your goals, you may find you need a little help with stubborn fat that just won’t go away no matter how healthy your routine, or that you need some skin rejuvenation to complete your physical makeover. At Beverly Hills Aesthetics, we can help with whatever finishing touches you may need to help you on the path to a greater self-image. Because no matter how beautiful you are to others, you have to believe them. Contact us for a consultation today.