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       The brain functions within the CentralNervous System regulating most of the body and mind’s functions. This includessuperior functions like thinking, remembering, reasoning, or talking. Words,the dictionary defines a word as a single distinct meaningful element of speechor writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence. In astudy conducted by Dr. Matthias Mehl, an Associate Professor in the Departmentof Psychology, it was concluded that the average person speaks about 20,000words a day. Words are such a simple concept, yet so powerful.

They are a validationto the world of how we view others, our lives and ourselves. It is thispowerful declaration that our words provide, which enables our thoughts tomanifest into an actuality. So why do we choose to abuse our most powerfulasset?         Today in the U.S. there are 40 millionpeople who suffer from some form of an eating disorder, forty-percent of themare women. Ninety-percent of fifteen to seventeen-year old’s desire to changeat least one aspect of their bodies. These are the things we won’t say, thesecrets we keep, so this day I believe if self-doubt was a religion it would bethe only thing we believed in.

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personalrelationships, and the media are the most common contributors to bodynegativity. We…we’re insecure by default the world’s biggest joke is thatwe’re all born equal, but it doesn’t take a geniusto see our suffering from self-hatred, isn’t it amazing how the people we likefind us fit for friendship but out of shape for dating So, the phrase beingpretty hurts is an overstatement because being ugly kills   Body shaming is one of the biggest problemsin today’s generation.

Society doesn’t just find humor in degrading a woman’sbody; they also find humor in degrading a man’s body. Body shaming has become aproblem for both genders. People take their insecurities and aim them at otherpeople to make themselves feel better about their body. Body shaming, whilecommon in both genders, is especially harmful to women. Nobody chooses the bodythey have. Everyone is born into that body without a choice.

If someone ishealthy, it should not matter what they look like to anyone, but themselves. Weshould not be body shaming. We should be encouraging, supporting, and upliftingeach other. Until everyone realizes that, body shaming will continue to be a problem.Body shaming will continue to be destructive until it is acknowledged, and theissue is confronted. There is no such thing as a “perfect body”. People shouldn’thave to apologize for being too fat or being too thin.

 It’s ironic it still seems to be sociallyacceptable to exploit body size, while equally controversial topics such assexual preference and race are off limits. Besides, the theory of downwardsocial comparison suggests that we can make ourselves feel better by comparingourselves to someone of lower status. Also, it is irrefutable that body-shamingmanifests in various ways, which often lead to the comparison, shame andperpetuates the idea of imperfect physical features.

   Ask yourself…

. askyourself how it feels to have looks that aren’t in fashion or how sarcasmthanks your parents for jeans that aren’t in style to asking God why mewhenever taking a selfie some people won’t understand, that Instagram treatsbad looking pictures like a disability victim Don’t look for too long,avoid feeling sorry for them at all cost   Children learn at anearly age how to view themselves and the people around them. In an articlepublished in 2012, Alison Gopnik and Henry Wellman state, “Studies demonstratechildren from as early as 16 months to 4 years old learn through their ownactions on the world and through observations of the actions of others.Personal relationships provide a foundation to the character of a child. Fromtheir family they learn about values, cultivate their perception, instincts andunderstanding of the world.

  There aremany ways a family can negatively affect how a person perceives themselves.Sometimes family members who struggle with their own body image can criticizetheir children and other times it can be the burden of constantly beingcompared to one’s siblings. Both scenarios can lead to low self-esteem whichwill ultimately put them on a road to loathing their bodies and looks. Aschildren transition from home to school peer interaction increases. Friendsalso play an important role in our development. The way your friends treat andrespond to us, will over time, have a strong influence on our perception ofourselves. It’s a process called the Michelangelo Effect and its affects can beboth negative or positive.

Adolescents begin to compare themselves to theirpeers and at times may have negative thoughts or receive them from others.Suddenly what you wear, how much you eat, how you look matters. Although theseactions often stem from ignorance, they can affect body image and self-esteem.

 A 2017 survey concludedthat “the average millennial spends approximately eighteen hours a dayconsuming media—often multiple forms at once. Psychologists have since foundstrong evidence connecting social media platforms to body image anxieties suchas, dieting and body surveillance. Apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebookprovide the tools that equips teen with the ability to seek approval andcompare themselves to others. Social media alters the truth and objectifiesreality. They are plagued by unrealistic pictures, many of them edited. Socialmedia breeds unhappiness, because people spend their lives trying to be likethe person they see in the photo.

This world breeds our insecurities, itteaches us to be vain. We’re so concerned aboutthe physical that we don’t observe the literal facts; that there are companieswith stock in our self-esteem, profiting with how we see ourselves and makeother people feel. According to a February 2017 US News and World Report, thetotal revenue accumulated by the weight loss industry totaled just north of 5,400,000,000 billion dollars.    There’s this stigma that the “fat girl” isunhealthy, and the “skinny” girl isn’t. Wil only accept you if you have anideal body shape correlates to low body satisfaction. Individuals who feelpressurized by society to achieve an ideal body are more likely to have lowerbody satisfaction than individuals who do not feel pressurized    

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