April 21, 2012 Jayne's posts News / Opinion 1

Do you have body confidence?

There aren’t many women who are happy with the way they look. We tend to complain about saggy backsides, wrinkly tums, bingo wings and wobbly thighs (or a combination of all these) and it’s easy to lose perspective.

The debates have raged for years about the controversy of Photoshopped pictures of celebrities and there have been furious column inches (quite rightly) published about how these altered images contribute to body dysmorphia among girls, teens and women.

And watching celebs apparently pinging back into shape after giving birth (I’m looking at you, Victoria Beckham and Beyoncé) do not help because they only help to reinforce negative body image and make stressed women feel even more wretched about their saggy frames.

So I was heartened to read (in the Daily Mail – sorry) that a woman has created a website called shapeofamother.com to counter the media obsession of the perfect figure (and yes, I can see the irony of it being in the Mail, which, alongside this feature, has a picture of Natasha Giggs in “tiny white shorts” and Emma Roberts in “see through dress and bikini”).

This website glories in women’s post-birth wobbly bits and stretchmarks and allows them to feel positive about their bodies. This online sorority also features positive comments from other women who have had similar negative body issues.

It’s fantastic; it’s inspirational.

What do you think?