Health Beat 3-1-2006

Liking Your Body

As many as 80 percent of American women dislike their bodies, according to the Seattle-based National Eating Disorders Association. While there are no easy ways to improve one’s body image, here are some practical tips on self-acceptance from Jean Kilbourne, author of Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel (
"Ditch the diet. “Dieting is always a bad idea. It’s more important to exercise and enjoy good food in moderation,” Kilbourne says.
"Be sensitive when remarking on others’ appearance, however well intended. Don’t even say, “You look great. Did you lose weight?”
"Rather than obsess about perceived flaws, focus on aspects of your body that you like.
"Buy well-fitting clothes that boost your self-esteem.
"Eliminate habitual self-deprecation. “That kind of talk is harmful,” Kilbourne says.