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SNL Alum Tina Fey Talks Body Issues

October 29, 2013 3 min read

Everyone has body issues - it's just that black and white. Guys, girls, women, men, teenagers, even pre-teens: they all have issues with the way they look.

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Studies have been published explaining where body issues come from. Peers seem to be the ones to blame for a lot of the issues we have, but TV, magazines, and the popular concepts of what beauty really is certainly all play their fair share in the problem as well. Here's something you might want to know:
As many as 91% of women are dissatisfied with their body, and often end up using extreme diet methods to achieve their "ideal" shape. Only 5% of women have that "ideal" shape naturally.
58% of girls in college feel the pressure to look a certain way and weigh a certain amount.
A survey revealed that 20% of men and 30% of women considered undergoing cosmetic surgery to alter the way they appear.
That's a lot of people with serious body issues!

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Tina Fey had a few words to say about these issues in her book Bossypants: “I think the first real change in women’s body image came when JLo turned it butt-style. That was the first time that having a large-scale situation in the back was part of mainstream American beauty. Girls wanted butts now. Men were free to admit that they had always enjoyed them." "And then, what felt like moments later, boom—Beyoncé brought the leg meat. A back porch and thick muscular legs were now widely admired. And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful".
" Ah ha ha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have Caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits." "The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”
It kind of explains the way body issues came to be, but she sums up the way you should look at your body in a simple statement: “If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?” You're the one that matters the most - no one else really does. body-image-issues-L-dThnva She's got a pretty high opinion of us men:
“You could put a blond wig on a hot-water heater and some dude would try to f**k it.”  
Well, thanks for the compliment, Tina!

19th Annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium - Arrivals

Fellow SNL alum Amy Poehler added the following comment in her web series Smart Girls at the Party: "Sometimes a good way to help yourself get out of it is to have some gratitude,”she suggests. “If you can go around your body and kind of thank it for what it gives you and thank yourself for your great eyesight, or your thick hair, or your nice legs, or your strong teeth or whatever it is that you have that you were given.” "Don't focus on the things that will never change, because they'll never change. We're all different, and not everyone can be Gisele Bundchen. There are only five symmetrical people in the world, and they're all movie stars - and they should be, because their faces are very pleasing to look at." Simple, yet heartwarming and very helpful. body_ls If you approach your body issues the way these two funny women - who are attractive in their own rights - suggest, you're in for a much easier life!   Sources:
http://www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11-facts-about-body-image
http://www.amazon.com/Bossypants-Tina-Fey/dp/0316056898
http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/14302659-bossypants
http://www.smartgirlsattheparty.com/

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