Research Says American Women Feel Worse About Their Bodies Than Most Countries

Do you ever feel like you spend more time examining your body, worrying about its form, finding every flaw imaginable, and then ultimately, simply feeling outright bad about it? If so, you're not the only one. Why Americans have poor body image.
American women have poor body image, plain and simple. It's even a fact that they feel worse about their bodies over pretty much any other nationality in the world. This is backed by a recent study which discovered that when asked to rate their features, on average, women viewed themselves as being 18 percent less attractive than non-American ladies. But what's the deal? First and foremost, we need to take a note from these other body positive countries. For instance, a poll done by YouGov of people in 25 countries found that Indonesians are the most positive in regards to how they view their bodies. In fact, 78 percent said they're totally content with both their weight as well as their shape. The poll also found that residents from Saudi Arabia came in at 72 percent, Oman 70 percent and Qatar 70 percent on the happy scale. Americans, however, came in at only 57 percent.
Perhaps this has to do with the standards we have set for ourselves. While the U.S. is a country based on the morals of liberty and justice, perhaps our models in magazines, our stars in Hollywood and our fitness superstars are making us feel inferior. The less clothing the sexier the lady, right? That's a message that seems to be incredibly controversial, yet completely in your face these days. And while other countries might practice more modest clothing choices, such as wearing a hijab, we're all about the skinny jeans and crop tops. The same YouGuv survey also found that 17 out of the 25 countries noted the influence celebrity culture has on young people. In Oman, women associated celebrities with positive body image, while in America, two-thirds of the people claimed that they found celebrity culture to be a detriment to the youth. Perhaps a good place to start is to begin to acknowledge the inspiring icons who are setting the tone for positive body image, such as fashion and beauty bloggers who are desperately trying to make a change for the better. Georgina Horne is one of them. The plus-size fashion and beauty blogger has written about it for UK publications. Stephanie Zwicky, a beauty blogger in France, is also part of this movement. The U.S. has Chastity Garner-Valentine, whose even appeared on "Oprah" as well as in the New York Times. Emily Nolan, a blogger from Miami, promotes healthy body image as well.
We have to be aware of the movers and shakers taking a stand and choose them as our idols, not an unrealistic image we cannot relate to that only brings our self-esteem down. Do you follow any bloggers who help provide you with a better body image? Source: Mind Body Green Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_114150" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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