The Dawning of Acceptance - Our Voices Matter

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The Dawning of Acceptance - Our Voices Matter

Now that summer has arrived I have observed the increased acceptance of diversity of all kinds. That is one of the many beauties of life: how different we all are in our singularity. I have noticed less shame regarding body size among women both prominent and average. It seems as beauty standards have become more flexible and redefined, the norm is not just young and impossibly thin but older, darker, and larger in body size.

I have noticed women walking around unselfconsciously displaying adipose tissue in abundance with no need to hide! Are we finding greater societal and self-acceptance? Perhaps beauty standards are slightly changing to become more inclusive about the definitions of beauty. It is no longer a narrowly defined and unreachable ideal but more universal and realsitic about who women actually are.

Are women having more influence over these trends? Perhaps that helps infuse realism into our culturally defined standards of body image. If we can realistically define what makes us valuable as human beings we can be at peace with ourselves and break the chokehold of chronic body dissatisfaction and "thin idealism."

In an article called "Body Image in Adult Women: Moving Beyond the Younger Years" in the Journal of Advances in Eating Disorders, "...body dissatisfaction is associated with other negative psychological outcomes including depressed mood"  and  "Self-objectification occurs when females internalize the objectifying gaze of a society that tends to view the female body as an object." 

Also, negative body image with associated shame and disconnect from positive attitudes towards ourselves negatively affect our own participation in physical activities. Body dissatisfaction and self-consciousness about our appearance becomes a deterrent to being more physically active and induces inactivity which we all know makes blood sugar control very difficult.

As we represent ourselves in more realistic terms, we are not giving up on striving for better health and fitness. It just means we are accepting ourselves more and that can only lead to better outcomes!! (and having more fun on the way!)

Have a reinvigorating Spring and Summer. Get out there and enjoy being you.

Robin

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Hi . My mom suffered from type 2 diabetes and luckily married a man who loved her no matter what. Even despite her many health restrictions and intensive health diet. She was told that needle pricks and insulin injections would be for her entire life. Very fortunate for us, my step dad is a clinical researcher and has access to a lot of people with information; some of which lead to my mom being able to live without insulin permanently (six months so far so good). https://bit.ly/2MVcc2o It is the holy grail for all diabetes type. I am currently going to school to become a nurse so i can be a part of healing and saving lives. Just like my dad. Note: I'm debunking despair on as many forums as time will allow.
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Submitted by diane kinsley on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 5:34pm


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I am a few months away from my nineteenth birthday. I lived with a mother who was depressed and diagnosed with diabetes from the time she was 16. That was three years before she gave birth to me. Her depression began when my sperm donor left her because he couldn't put up with all the health restrictions and what he called, "looney diet". The jerk left when i was three years old. My mom is still taking depression medication, and we started practicing yoga together to keep up healthy exercise. since then i've seen some dramatic stress changes and her mind seems to be a lot more clear due to the meditation we've been practicing also. i now have a man i can call father. He's been in our lives for three years and he's awesome. I feel safe and inspired by him. He's made my mom feel what joy is and keeps it. He's even found the information for her that has helped her pancreas to heal and secrete its own insulin. she's been shot and pill free for six months now.
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Submitted by diane kinsley on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 5:48pm