Do You Have a Healthy Body Image?

July 25, 2013

The obsession with body image never lets up. Princess Kate and Jessica Simpson are among the latest public figures who are being scrutinized–this time about their post-delivery figures. And, as usual, sparks are flying in the blogosphere in support of or critiquing their appearances.

With body image playing such a large factor in the entertainment industry, and actors constantly needing to monitor their look, it’s wise to remain aware of how healthy your body image registers at any given time. Feeling temporarily preoccupied about having eaten too much at a dinner party or comparing your skin to a magazine model’s is pretty common for most women, and increasingly so for men as well. But when do you know if you’ve crossed the line, and are now officially in the unhealthy-thinking-habits mode?

You can assess the health of your body image by questioning:

How often you make negative comments about your appearance, even if it’s one particular feature.

How often you ask others about your appearance; for example, telling others “how fat” you feel.

How often you worry about your weight.

If you find yourself not liking people you perceive to be more attractive than yourself.

If you feel unreasonably guilty upon skipping a workout.

If what you eat affects how attractive you feel.

If you’re self-conscious when it comes to eating in front of others.

In a nutshell, is your perception of your body interfering with a healthy, happy, and successful life?

Click here to take a more in-depth quiz about the health of your body image.

Does your body image have anything to do with Barbie?

Some argue that Barbie is just a toy, and say that her body proportions are insignificant in relation to the health and wellbeing of young girls. But artist Nickolay Lamm researched body image statistics about the pressure girls feel to achieve a certain look and how it subsequently leads to heightened body dissatisfaction, and unhealthy eating behaviors. As a result, Lamm created a version of Barbie that was modeled from the CDC’s measurements of an average 19-year-old American woman. Again, the blogosphere lit up with some commenters saying how fat this doll looked whereas others were so pleased with the doll, they prefer it over the standard Barbie and want to purchase one.

The bottom line is, if you don’t look like Barbie–which none of us do because it’s anatomically impossible–you still need to radiate confidence! Whether you’re considered tall, lanky, robust, short, elegant, plain, or if your teeth are crooked … just remember, you are perfect! If you want to succeed in this business, you have to rock your look–whatever that might be. Translation: Be confident! Why? Consider the alternative: you can be tentative, insecure, shy, and burdened with fear. Seems like a pretty obvious choice at this point, huh? The wonderful thing about acting is it takes all kinds–it truly does. Now, go out there and book, you beautiful creature!