Healthy bodies for women come in all shapes and sizes. Self-esteem provides you with a natural defense against anxiety. The way you think about your body is more important than the image in the mirror, or the way you think others see you.
Along these lines, Ralph Lauren recently named Robyn Lawley as his first plus-sized model. The trend may be catching on. Once the standard of women's beauty, size 12 is finally beginning to work its way back into the "normal" category. And healthy eating, regular exercise, and taking needed rest may be regaining their former respect as normal ways of life.
The bottom line, says Our Bodies, Ourselves, is that Americans need "to challenge culturally imposed standards of beauty and to provide an oasis for women sick of being told that somehow--whether your eyelashes are too thin or your hair is the wrong texture or your thighs are too fat--you are not okay the way you are."
It's vital that we encourage health of body and mind. Instead of undermining our positive human potential, we need to nourish it.
Based in Chicago, Sandy Dechert has been covering women's health for Examiner.com since the zine's official startup. She has reported on health issues with Olympic athletes, Sheryl Crow, Robin Roberts, Mary Tyler Moore, and other newsmaking celebs. Sandy also covered the 2012-2013 influenza epidemic, top women's health news of 2012 (including prevention), and the fungal meningitis outbreak.
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