Body image expert Sarah Maria is the author of Love Your Body, Love Your Life. She was gracious enough to speak with me about her new book – in which she outlines five steps to banishing negative body obsession – how to”talk back” to the media and more.
Below is Part 1 of the interview. Stay tuned for Part 2 tomorrow, where Sarah Maria talks about her five body image-boosting steps, how to improve body image right now and more!
1. I’ve heard many people say that disliking your body is just a normal part of being a woman. What do you think about such a statement?
I am glad you asked this question because I address it specifically in Love Your Body, Love Your Life. Yes, many people, probably most people, say that disliking your body is a normal part of being a woman. If by “normal” they mean that the majority of women, 80-90%, dislike their bodies, then yes, it is “normal.” The vast majority of women in this culture at this time do dislike their bodies.
But to think that this is normal as in natural, as in necessary, as in a normal function of being alive, is ridiculous. This belief is part of the problem. Since it is so ubiquitous, many women have come to accept that it is just part of being a woman. This is ludicrous! It is settling for what happens to be the situation for many, instead of envisioning the possibilities that are available for all. It is accepting mediocrity instead of creating grandeur. It is maintaining the status quo instead of envisioning the truth.
Disliking your body is only normal in that most women experience it. It is in no way natural, and in no way necessary. You have the ability in each and every moment to love your body and love your life. Negative Body Obsession is a modern cultural epidemic. It has not always existed, and it need not always exist. It is in no way a natural part of being alive and can therefore be completely eradicated …