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Your body image....

Posted by on Sep. 22, 2010 at 2:36 PM
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Poll

Question: How would you rate your current body image?

Options:

Very positive

Positive

Sometimes positive, sometimes negative

negative

very negative


Only group members can vote in this poll.

Total Votes: 38

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by on Sep. 22, 2010 at 2:36 PM
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runner-mom
by on Sep. 22, 2010 at 2:42 PM
I can't vote on my phone, but I chose option 2, positive. There are days that I look in the mirror and see saggy boobs, stretch marks, some stubborn tummy fat, etc. But the lifestyle I live gives me such amazing confidence. Running and triathlons let me prove to myself time and time again that I am strong, and I am capable of great things. You'd be amazed at what that kind of confidence can do for your body image. I've not always felt this way, my skinny slef had horrible body image issues growing up. But running changed that for me big time. Its certaonly a head game... But I can't deny, running and cycling give me killer legs ;)
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Not.So.Virginal
by on Sep. 22, 2010 at 2:43 PM

i have a negative body image.... I look in the mirror and see all these horrible things. I'm working on it but haven't gotten very far.

vv56964
by on Sep. 22, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Definitely positive...if you don't mind me going overboard, I did research several years ago on body image distortions and would love to post it here (as I did in other group). It's quite enlightening.

runner-mom
by on Sep. 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM


Quoting vv56964:

Definitely positive...if you don't mind me going overboard, I did research several years ago on body image distortions and would love to post it here (as I did in other group). It's quite enlightening.


I'd love to read it!

            
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runner-mom
by on Sep. 22, 2010 at 3:19 PM

Ironically, having children BOOSTED my body image.  I had a perfect little body once and hated it.  Now I have the "dog jowels" i call them (remember Kate Gosslin before surgery? That's what my stomach looks like. Nothing but extra skin!) stretch marks, saggy boobs, and I'm way more confident than I used to be.  Isn't that wierd?

inkedmomma84
by on Sep. 22, 2010 at 3:41 PM

I'd say sometimes positive and sometimes negative. But that's only because I wish sometimes that I had my pre-pregnancy body back. It's hard to be occupied by a little person for nine months. The negative comes from me wishing I could get up off the floor without grunting and groaning like I weigh 1,000 lbs.

But non pregnant...I am usually pretty positive. Like Heather, having a child boosted my body image. I was more physically fit after I had my son then I had ever been in my whole life...including after 9 weeks of boot camp!! I live in fear of being "that mom"...the one who complains about the baby weight and the baby is 12....

vv56964
by on Sep. 22, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Upon graduating with my psychology degree, I conducted research on body image and our distortions of them.  For example, when I look in the mirror I see a size 8, but when I try on clothes, I am actually a size 4.  The point is that we typically picture ourselves larger than we really are.  Below are some excerpts of my research on this topic.

 

Demarest and Allen found that women not only perceived themselves as heavier than their ideal body image, but also predicted that men preferred a smaller figure than their actual preference (Demarest and Allen 2000).

Mintz and Kashubeck foudn that ethnicities viewed themselves as larger than their actual body image and Asian-Americans exhibited signs of lower self-esteem and poorer body image than Caucasians (1999).

  The findings that AA women are more satisfied with their body image has been substantiated by Russell and Cos in their findings with college females by determining that "African American women had lower social physique anxiety and body dissatisfaction than Caucasian females" (Russell and Cox 2003).

Webster and Tiggemann showed that body dissatisfaction was not specific to one age group, but spanned all age groups equally (2003). 

Hargreaves and Tiggemann found that appearance-related televition commercials resulted in greater body dissatisfaction among females, both tenneagers and young adults, than those individuals who did not view the appearance-related television commercials (2003).

McCabe and Ricciardelli found that sociocultural variables of peers, media and family had a greater influence over a person's body dissatisfaction than biological factors of age (2003).

MY RESEARCH

We found that the majority of participants that resulted in a negative difference in body image, their ideal body image was less than their perceived body image, were over 22 years of age.

The majority of participants in all categories that held a negative body image preferred a body image one figure less than their perceived image.

We determined that 75% of females experienced body dissatisfaction and 59% of males also experienced negative body dissatisfaction.

Several questions confirmed our original hypothesis that individuals with a desire for power and control will have a negative body image.

PLEASE NOTE:

everything above "my research" was pulled from other research articles.  I can't find my references page so the details are unavailable.

e-doolittle
by Kelly on Sep. 22, 2010 at 4:35 PM

Mostly positive since I lost my weight.  I still don't think I photograph well.  I still see myself as fat.

Kelly, Fall 2008 babies! CO-Group Owner

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DestMasters
by on Sep. 22, 2010 at 5:18 PM

 It depends on if I'm nekkid or not. lol

ziff130
by on Sep. 22, 2010 at 5:52 PM

I'm with Dest... If I'm clothed, I know how to hide my flaws but if I'm naked they're all there and I can see them and I hate them!!

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