Women are happier with their body image and perception of weight more than anytime in recent history. Analysis over 200 reports on body image released between 1981 and 2012 found that body positivity has risen over three percent in that amount of time. Specifically, dissatisfaction in women with their body and weight has dropped. While the number is small, the implications are significant.
The state of weight, health, body image, and satisfaction is in a place of irony. Simultaneously the world faces devastating rates of morbid obesity as well as starvation. In countries like the United States, weight is at an all time high. Other areas of the world are seeing their highest rates in child hunger and starvation. Yet, when it comes to body satisfaction, women at least are in a present state of increased peace.
Recognizing a widespread improvement in body and weight satisfaction is incredibly hopeful for the mental health industry. It should be hopeful, as well, for the family members, friends, and loved ones of those suffering from body image and weight related mental illnesses. The correlation between body satisfaction and eating disorders as well as depression is direct.
How did this opposite effect come into existence? Recent years have seen a significant influx of backlash against body shaming. For example, countries like Israel have passed laws mandating the inclusion of a special logo when advertising images, such as those used in fashion, have been digitally altered. Celebrities and public icons have spoken out against publications who drastically change their appearances for magazine covers. Social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook support trends for body positivity by way of viral blogs and videos. Seemingly, the tolerance for society’s greater intolerance toward “unacceptable” weight and body image, has shifted entirely. Red carpet events show women ceasing to tolerate being asked about their diets and beauty trends. Women are instead requesting questions about their roles and thoughts on award ceremonies.
Eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorder, and depression are still prevalent mental health issues. Though a reported in decreased dissatisfaction is hopeful, it is only the beginning.
Seeking treatment for an eating disorder or depression is a courageous act that gives hope to others. Your recovery will be an inspiration to another who is struggling. It starts with you. If you or a loved one are suffering from eating disorders, depression, or other dual-diagnosis issues, call Aurora Recovery Center today. We are here to help you change your life, and change the world. 1844-515-STOP.