The last book I read by Dr. Mintle was Overweight Kids. I recalled how helpful her advice was for parents; so, I was looking forward to reading her thoughts on how women can make peace with their body issues.
For most women, having positive feelings toward their appearance is an uphill battle. Today's culture is probably our biggest foe in the pursuit of being content with who we are, who God created us to be. While we should want to be as healthy as we can, there are things about our bodies that can't be changed naturally. Overcoming our culture, ignorantly made comments from other people in our lives, and our own doubting and negative feelings, can be very challenging.
Divided into two sections, Dr. Mintle first discusses all the the parts of our anatomy that seem to cause the most dissatisfaction: our noses, breasts, stomachs, etc. While a woman can lose weight and tone muscles, there are some things that just won't change short of surgery. Dr. Mintle also shares many of her own battles with wavering self-image. The second section brings to light what often fuels our dissatisfaction. Uncovering what may be holding us back from healthier attitudes and thoughts is definitely a step in the right direction. We face a society obsessed with body image and food, and that's permissive to making rude, hurtful comments toward women. Even a negative comment made in jest can have lifelong implications for the person to whom it was directed.
If you already have a damaged body image, there are ways to make it better. Probably one of the most important ways is to avoid the airbrushed images of "perfect bodies" our society is bombarded with by the media.
Naturally, you should care about your health and appearance. Unfortunately, the line is often crossed, when a woman's mind is filled with negative self-talk, or she feels it's vital to look like today's Hollywood starlets, doing whatever it takes to do so, always finding one more thing that's "wrong" with herself. There are also, sadly, many women who have been violated in some way. Having not yet healed from their past, it still haunts them and affects how they perceive themselves today.
If you are struggling with negative feelings about your body, then this book might be just what you need to start heading in the right direction, towards being healthier in all aspects of your life.
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