I have a theory. Our perception of a ‘normal’ body depends on two things: 1) the body images we see and 2) the stories we tell ourselves in each instance.
So when media is filled with 1) photoshopped models and 2) stories of ‘This could be you!’, our brain starts to think that is the norm. That is how we should look. When we then look in the mirror, we see start to ourselves as abnormal, imperfect, below average. It can trickle down to deeper feelings of low self-esteem, and have a grave effect on women’s insecurity from a very young age.
Now “bikini season” is coming up, and most of us start to indulge in dreams of the perfect body in no time. I’ll let you in on a secret — ain’t gonna happen. Instead — normalize the perception of your body.