You’ve all read posts about body image, sizing and the sorts. I can’t claim that this will be different, but I feel that maybe one more post won’t hurt.
Women struggle with body image. Curve ball: it’s not just women. People struggle with body image. Blame stores, society, magazines or any other source you can think of. I’ve blamed them, both for my personal doubts and the awareness of those around me. For some it might be a combination of those things, for others it could be a chemical imbalance that causes one to literally see a different image in the mirror than the world sees. Regardless, it’s real. It’s not just an insecurity. It’s not for attention.
I will never claim to understand how you feel. I will say that as a petite figured individual I struggle with body image. I feel guilty after indulging in too much cake or eating a full tub of movie theater popcorn. I get anxiety over trying on clothes and don’t even want to think about swimsuits. Again, I will never claim to understand how you feel. We each have our unique battles, and often even we don’t understand how we feel or why. That’s okay.
I believe that stores and magazines throw fuel on the fire; however, it is important to accept that it is far more than that. That being said, it sure doesn’t help. As most of you know, I’m planning a wedding. As we start the search for bridesmaid dresses I’m shocked, outraged and baffled at the sizing of formal dresses. I’ll leave it at that.
I clearly have no solution. The only thing I can offer you is hope. Hope that when we meet our Creator we will see ourselves and each other the way we were intended to. Hope that we will one day see clearly and know what beautiful looks like – a beauty we cannot fathom.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27
I will praise you; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are your works; and that my soul knows right well. Psalm 139:14
You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. You are truly beautiful. My hope is that you and I can see that instead of our pant size.