Women's Health (South Africa) - - SPECIAL REPORT -

Q: Can you love your body, yet want to change it? A: Yes. “Too of­ten, we imag­ine that lov­ing your body means you have to feel beau­ti­ful all the time. That’s just not ac­cu­rate; it’s about car­ing for it and treat­ing it with re­spect no mat­ter what. The ques­tion to ask is why you want to change your body. Want­ing to be health­ier, to have greater en­durance or to be less stressed are per­fectly in line with lov­ing your body. It gets tricky if the changes you seek are mo­ti­vated by want­ing to al­ter how you look. In fact, when ex­er­cise and eat­ing habits are mo­ti­vated only by ap­pear­ance, they’re less likely to stick long term. Re­mem­ber that your body is your home and it should not have to earn your re­spect by look­ing a cer­tain way.”

– Pro­fes­sor Re­nee En­geln, pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy, di­rec­tor of the Body and Me­dia Lab at North­west­ern Univer­sity and author of Beauty Sick.

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