We all struggle at times with our body image and what we think we’re supposed to look like. Our society bombards us with images to look perfect through magazines, television and advertisements. These media outlets are very much aware of the influence that celebrities and models have on you and use them as their selling point. They don’t tell you the images of these beautiful women have been altered to give them the perfect appearance.

In today’s world, our culture puts so much pressure on you to look beautiful and thin and it’s causing problems. Are you obsessed with looking a certain way? Are you consumed with your weight?

Here are a few thoughts to help you realize that you are uniquely created, one of a kind, and these may help you avoid unhealthy choices.

• Remember, you are  unique, beautiful, gifted and there is nobody in the world like you.

• Avoid buying the magazines and trash the old ones. The majority of perfect bodies in magazines that she looks at have been air brushed and altered to look flawless. They are not real. If you aren’t reading the magazines, you are less likely to strive to imitate these images.

• Eat healthy and exercise with your mom or a friend. Working out with someone is a great way to build friendships and encourage each other to develop a healthy lifestyle.

• Identify between an unrealistic body image that is fed by the media and the image of a normal, healthy body.

• Focus on your beautiful qualities and stop comparing yourself to others.

• If you are unhappy with the way you look, try new styles, whether it’s clothes, makeup or hair. Teens who feel good about themselves usually avoid unhealthy choices.

Take a few moments and read Psalm 139:14-16. The Lord tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made and we’ve all been called to do great things. His works are wonderful!

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