One of the biggest problems with society today is self confidence. Specifically, weight. So many men and women today are constantly worrying about how many calories they consume, how much they are exercising, how many times they are eating a day, etc. The media is corrupting young minds today, telling them how they should look to be accepted in society. So many magazines have images of people, labeling them as “fat” or “skinny.” When little girls see women labeled as fat and “unaccepted”, they then believe that they have to be skinny, which is completely untrue. This simple mindset can lead to girls slowly becoming more and more self conscious about their weight. Don’t get me wrong – eating healthy is great. However, with the kind of mindset that girls can have, it can lead to so much more. It can lead to skipping meals or even eating disorders. Do we really want that for our little girls?
The issue of self confidence does not just appear in girls, but boys as well. The ideal “man” in society today is muscular, thin, tall, strong, etc. It may not seem like it, but boys can be very self conscious as well. None of them are perfect, and they worry about what people (usually girls) will think of them. I think that more people need to be aware of boys’ feelings as well as girls’. It’s hard to believe that boys can be self conscious, I know. But have you ever stopped and thought about how boys who are overweight feel when they see someone like Liam Hemsworth?
Society needs to start boosting confidence instead of tearing it down. The word “fat” has become a negative word, but it really shouldn’t be. Having a certain body type does not make you different that anyone else. I want people to realize that being overweight does not mean anything about your character. You should feel comfortable in your own skin and not constantly worry about what you look like. Spend your life doing activities that makes you happy. Eat junk food (in moderation). Go out with friends. Spend time alone. You only get to enjoy life once, so why not make it a great one?
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” Lao Tzu