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Changes in women's body standards throughout history

Have you ever thought about how we arrived at this point in history? I mean, how we got to the ‘ideal’ body that we see pretty much everywhere - peachy bum, tiny waist, perfectly perky boobs?

There's an amazing video on CNN Health that shows how the ‘ideal’ female body has changed, starting before the 1900s, until this current moment in time. The accompanying article talks about how these changes in ‘ideal’ body have affected women's body image and relationship with food.

I'm sharing this because we've found ourselves, as a society, at a point where women's bodies have been turned into commodities measures of sexual attractiveness, and a currency for value in the world. And that's messed up how a lot of us relate with our bodies, and subsequently, how we relate with food.

It breaks my heart to think that so many women and young girls are carrying this burden, every day of their lives, about how they aren't enough and ‘fixing’ their bodies is the solution.

The point of the video is to show that body standards are fickle - they're ever-changing, pretty much just like fashion trends. It's dangerous for us to try to keep up, because that's when we end with unhealthy relationships with food and our bodies, and a completely broken sense of self.

Body standards have changed so much throughout history, it goes to show that beauty is completely subjective. As women, we shouldn't compare our bodies to what's being portrayed by the media, celebrities, influencers and the likes as the 'in' physique.

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 Food and body image issues are distracting women from showing up meaningfully in their lives. My desire is to help women heal from disordered eating, have a healthier relationship with food and live a life of health without obsession. In this way, the noise will be cleared and collectively we'll be empowered to create a positive ripple-effect in our own lives and in the lives of others.

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