Body image is influenced by so many factors, both inside of our minds and within our environment. Here are a few ways to help you maintain a healthy body image when you're encountered with a body-image-destroyers (think magazine ads, runway shows, etc).
1. Don't compare yourself to others. You are unique and beautiful, and everyone sees you as a special individual person, not as a pants size.
2. Turn off the TV, and open a book. Characters in books have much more depth, and it's up to your own imagination to create their image. And when you picture these characters, you're not thinking of how many inches their thighs are - you are thinking about personal characteristics that stand out to you, and you create their image from those important traits.
3. Take a yoga class. Studies show that people who practice yoga have more self awareness and tend to pay more attention to what they eat. This kind of mindfulness helps us maintain a positive image of ourselves.
There are always obstacles in the road. They key is learning how to get around those obstacles successfully. This is your journey, and it's up to you to live in a way that makes you happy and content.
Be well, and enjoy the weekend!