Self-con­fi­dence starts with self

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - TWO CENTS -

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

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