The brain functions within the Central Nervous System regulating most of the body and mind’s functions. This includes superior functions like thinking, remembering, reasoning, or talking. Words, the dictionary defines a word as a single distinct meaningful element of speech or writing, used with others (or sometimes alone) to form a sentence. In a study conducted by Dr. Matthias Mehl, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology, it was concluded that the average person speaks about 20,000 words a day. Words are such a simple concept, yet so powerful. They are a validation to the world of how we view others, our lives and ourselves. It is this powerful declaration that our words provide, which enables our thoughts to manifest into an actuality. So why do we choose to abuse our most powerful asset?         Body shaming is one of the biggest problems in today’s generation. Society doesn’t just find humor in degrading a woman’s body; they also find humor in degrading a man’s body. Body shaming has become a problem for both genders. People take their insecurities and target other people to make themselves feel better about their body. Body shaming, while common in both genders, is especially harmful to women. Today in the U.S. there are 40 million people who suffer from some form of an eating disorder, forty-percent of them are women. Ninety-percent of fifteen to seventeen-year old’s desire to change at least one aspect of their bodies. These are the things we won’t say, the secrets we keep, so this day I believe if self-doubt was a religion it would be the only thing we believed in. But it’s not our fault… personal relationships, and the media are the most common contributors to body negativity. We…we’re insecure by default the world’s biggest joke is that we’re all born equal, isn’t it amazing how the people we like find us fit for friendship but out of shape for dating. It doesn’t take a genius to see our suffering from self-hatred. So, the phrase being pretty hurts is an overstatement because being ugly kills Not everyone chooses the body they have. If someone is healthy, it should not matter what they look like to anyone, but themselves. We should not be body shaming. We should be encouraging, supporting, and uplifting each other. Until everyone realizes that, body shaming will continue to be a problem. Body shaming will continue to be destructive until it is acknowledged, and the issue is confronted. There is no such thing as a “perfect body”. People shouldn’t have to apologize for being too fat or being too thin.  It’s ironic it still seems to be socially acceptable to exploit body size, while equally controversial topics such as sexual preference and race are off limits. Ask yourself…. ask yourself how it feels to have looks that aren’t in fashion or how sarcasm thanks your parents for jeans that aren’t in style to asking God why me whenever taking a selfie some people won’t understand, that Instagram treats bad looking pictures like a disability victim Don’t look for too long, avoid feeling sorry for them at all costChildren learn at an early age how to view themselves and the people around them. In an article published in 2012, Alison Gopnik and Henry Wellman state, “Studies demonstrate children from as early as 16 months to 4 years old learn through their own actions on the world and through observations of the actions of others. Personal relationships provide a foundation to the character of a child. From their family they learn about values, cultivate their perception, instincts and understanding of the world.  There are many ways a family can negatively affect how a person perceives themselves. Sometimes family members who struggle with their own body image can criticize their children and other times it can be the burden of constantly being compared to one’s siblings. Both scenarios can lead to low self-esteem which will ultimately put them on a road to loathing their bodies and looks. As children transition from home to school peer interaction increases. Friends also play an important role in our development. The way your friends treat and respond to us, will over time, have a strong influence on our perception of ourselves. It’s a process called the Michelangelo Effect and its affects can be both negative or positive. Adolescents begin to compare themselves to their peers and at times may have negative thoughts or receive them from others. Suddenly what you wear, how much you eat, how you look matters. Although these actions often stem from ignorance, they can affect body image and self-esteem.A 2017 survey concluded that “the average millennial spends approximately eighteen hours a day consuming media—often multiple forms at once. Psychologists have since found strong evidence connecting social media platforms to body image anxieties such as, dieting and body surveillance. Apps like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook provide the tools that equips teen with the ability to seek approval and compare themselves to others. Social media alters the truth and objectifies reality. They are plagued by unrealistic pictures, many of them edited. Social media breeds unhappiness, because people spend their lives trying to be like the person they see in the photo. This world breeds our insecurities, it teaches us to be vain. We’re so concerned about the physical that we don’t observe the literal facts; that there are companies with stock in our self-esteem, profiting with how we see ourselves and make other people feel. According to a February 2017 US News and World Report, the total revenue accumulated by the weight loss industry totaled just north of 5, 400,000,000 billion dollars.  There’s this stigma that the “fat girl” is unhealthy, and the “skinny” girl isn’t. Wil only accept you if you have an ideal body shape correlates to low body satisfaction. Individuals who feel pressurized by society to achieve an ideal body are more likely to have lower body satisfaction than individuals who do not feel pressurized

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