An Important Reminder That Even 'Fit' Bodies Aren't Perfect
Imgur user SomewhereUnderWater posted the below photo, hoping to change people’s perceptions of fit bodies and ‘flat bellies’. Because no one looks perfect all the time.
It was posted on imgur with the caption
“We aren’t barbies. We are made of flesh and blood. These are all the same body — my body. I have worked hard for this body and I am proud of this body. In a world where we are surrounded by the images of our friends highlight reel sometimes it’s good to see a little reality so we can keep our expectations real. No matter where you are on your body’s journey, be proud and love yourself. Make goals because you love your body not because you hate it.”
It was generally well received by imgur users
The user then added this update:
“Wow. I am so very grateful that my message was received by so many in the way it was intended. I completely understand those who did not receive anything positive from it or who did not understand where I was coming from — you do not know me or my intentions. I wish you the very best and hope you find your own inspiration that will feed your heart in the way it needs. I saw an article on a blog about a year ago that was very similar, and it shattered my unrealistic expectations on my own body and also gave me the further realization that “hey, even fit healthy people struggle with body image.” We all struggle with body image, we are all in this together! The important thing is that we love our bodies — and when I say that I mean that we care for our bodies. We won’t always like everything that they do, or the path they have gone down or everything that happens to them but we do have to love them (like family). Respect them, guide them, show them kindness, mercy, forgiveness, push them to be their best with positive affirmation and encouragement! Be thankful for them. So much love to all of you, truly, deeply from the bottom of my heart. Every body has it’s awkward moments — be kind to yourself and others.”
Amen. A healthy dose of positive body image is what we all need, especially with summer coming up.
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