The Perfect Body: According to Who?

What comes to mind when you think of the “perfect body”? Chances are, each of you has a slightly different answer. According to the Huffington Post, this idea of the “perfect body” has changed quite a bit in the last 100 years, as I’m sure you can imagine.

As I came across this article, I couldn’t help but ask, “says who”? What higher power or collective consensus actually says: this is the perfect body. This is what you should strive to look like?

While this article is an interesting look at how fashion and beauty have changed throughout the years, I am also reminded how one thing has been consistent for an entire century (and probably longer). As women, we tend to prioritize other’s opinions or happiness over our own. What’s up with that?

Isn’t that what these beauty standards stand for? Whether or not you like the latest look or can even physically attain it, you don’t have a choice. This is what everybody considers perfect, and therefore apparently we should strive to be that. Our personal development goals should all lead to the same place, right? Well, I’m over it.


Thankfully, the Huffington Post agrees. And, to top it all off, these standards are getting more and more impossible as time goes on. According to this article, “the difference between models' weights and the weight of the average American woman has grown from 8 percent in 1975 to over 23 percent today. The bottom line? There's more of a noticeable gap between the bodies of idealized women and everyday people.”

Now, go back to your idea of the “perfect body”.

Here’s the challenge. Shift your definition of the “perfect body”. Instead of focusing on size, shape or weight, start with the only factor that really matters: health. Can your body get you from day to day, and help you reach your goals? Does it help or hinder your ability to keep up with your kids, your career and life balance?

I’m not saying you should stop working out or striving to look your best. Don't go and throw out all those beauty supplies you’ve invested in over the years. Just stop for a second and think: who am I doing this for? ME, my health and happiness? Or to accommodate someone else’s opinion or happiness? If you picked the former, you go girl. Keep doing you!

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