Self-confidence starts with self
In ( I am strong, healthy and sexy, September 12), the author writes that she became stronger and more confident after exercising regularly.
Now, more and more young women in China believe that strong is the new sexy and have shifted their focus from merely cutting fat to increasing muscle mass. A slim figure is not as important as it used to be. A healthy body with an appropriate proportion of fat to muscle is more important and makes women feel more confident.
Recently, one of my friends became frustrated about her weight gain. Another friend of ours comforted her saying that as long as her boyfriend still accepts her, she does not need to worry much about it.
Although her words were meant to comfort, I cannot agree with her. I think women should build their self-confidence rather than depend on men to make them feel valued. Angie Li, by e-mail