Loving yourself inside and out

When you look at yourself in the mirror, do you see the beautiful expression of God that you are? Or are you tempted to see what seem to be imperfections and think, I’m too fat, too skinny, the wrong shape—and so on? 

The various social and cultural influences at work worldwide tend to pressure women and men to conform to material images of beauty and attractiveness, and to treat food as either a remedy or a curse. People can become so unhappy with their bodies that they will do anything to try to alter them. This might help explain, for example, an increased use of diet pills and a growing trend in plastic surgery among Brazilians (www.latina.com/lifestyle). And why, in America, where as much as 60 percent of the population are considered to be overweight, dieting has been called “a national pastime”. 

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