The problem with body image


A body image is just an image. It’s fictitious. It’s the narrative we tell about how we ought to feel about ourselves:

“I’m too fat.”

“I’m too skinny.”

“I’m too muscular.”

“I’m always going to be in pain.”

“There’s not enough space between this part and this part of my body.”

With practice over time, it’s possible to halt the narrative. At the very least, we can stop believing it and lower its volume. But changing the narrative is extremely difficult, so we create billion-dollar industries to solve problems that aren’t problems in the first place.

Sure, situations exist that require real medical attention. But many times we just need to stop the narrative.

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