New study: Most women feel fat. When will we be okay with our bodies?
A new poll from Glamour reconfirmed what we already know: 71% of women feel fat. But only 46% percent surveyed were medically considered overweight. Will we ever overcome our body issues?
"It's happening in the tabloids, on MySpace, Facebook pages really like there is a great weight watch happening in the country and it's very hard for women not to internalize that message. I think that's what stat reflects," Wendy Naugle, executive editor of Glamour magazine, told CBS News.
But this is nothing new. Skinny models, gaunt actresses and other unrealistic portrayals of the female figure have long been targeted for making the rest of us feel inadequate. Add that to the problem of monthly PMS bloating and you've got yourself recipe for self-loathing.
But things have been changing for the better. Ally McBeal is long gone and plus-size characters like "Mike and Molly" are getting network airtime--not to mention, an army of supporters demanding more tolerance for different body types. And one of the most popular models today, isn't Kate Moss, but Crystal Renn, a spokesperson for embracing a more natural female body image in the media.
So why are we still so tough on ourselves? Maybe the old pressures of being skinny are ingrained in our minds. A future generation may have a shot at a different standard of beauty, or at least be more media literate when it comes to the dangers of unrealistic body imagery. But are we stuck with the stigmas of the past, no matter how much we look to change things? And will we ever just be happy with the way we look?