Media's Negative Effect on Body Image Over 40| Women Magazines, should we Claim them Guilty?

Women Magazines, should we Claim them Guilty? 

A society that worships youth and thinness can be demoralizing and make you feel over the hill before your time even if you have terrific self-esteem, fighting an ongoing battle against gray hair, crow's-feet and extra pounds on the hips and thighs.

In fact, an ABC News reported that 35 percent of women have negative thoughts about their body up to five times a day. 

Women's magazines love perfection. They tell us we can have perfect hair, perfect lips, perfect legs, perfect sex. They show us perfect models wearing perfect clothing and perfect makeup.

So how does all this perfection make women feel? 

Research has proven that a negative body image is draining, it’s even been found to contribute to:

• Depression and anxiety
• Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
• Dissociation (blocking out emotions as a coping mechanism)
• Sexual preoccupation and distress
• Post-traumatic stress disorder

A positive body image over forty, meanwhile, will boost your self-esteem, your sense of well-being and peace, and even your very happiness, so you’ve got nothing to lose.

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