Better Role Models than Models!
Friday, February 19, 2010
So, I just read Gordiesmommy's blog "Why should I look like the models in the magazine?", which I highly recommend, and it got me thinking.
Yes, stick thin models are terrible role models for women, and particularly for young girls at that vulnerable point in their lives -- the apex of peer pressure, media bombardment, and awakening sexuality.
And it's hard to find better role models out there in the media -- though, as her blog pointed out, the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty is a great source of reality and self-esteem for the average woman.
So, where else can we look?
When you look at Lindsey Vonn and others, you see beautiful, healthy young women who have muscles and curves and glow with health and energy!
What better proof of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle, for all of us to admire.
While we can't give up our lives in pursuit of Olympic training, we CAN respect our bodies with good nutrition and consistent fitness. Just what SparkPeople helps us achieve.
So, the next time you hear a woman complain that she'll never look like the models in the magazine, or a young girl worry that she'll never be as thin as the most popular girls in school unless she starves herself, you may be able to get them to think differently.