Body Image: Don’t Fall For Photoshop When Setting Your Goals

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Scrolling through Instagram and looking at the trending body goals today, it is easy to feel discouraged. Everyone seems to have a ‘perfect’ figure and show it off effortlessly on social media. The secret to achieving a certain body image and looking flawless on camera is often simply Photoshop. How can you achieve your body goals in a more realistic way?

‘Perfect shapes’ that are only achieved by surgery and photoshop

‘Perfect shapes’ are rarely really perfect. Make sure that if you want to undergo surgery, it is the right choice for you, and is for you and not to look like someone else (especially if it is photoshopped and the person doesn’t look like that in real life either). If you do go for surgery, consider your options. For example, gastric band surgery can help you lose weight by controlling the size of your meals.

Some celebrities set unrealistic standards or struggle with insecurities.

People can appear to be heavier than they actually are on camera which is why some actresses and actors are extremely thin in real life. Many follow strict diets and suffer from severe insecurities. What is made to look a certain way on screen may look very different in real life. Remember that celebrities are filmed and photographed in a certain way in order to look their best and portray a certain image.

Body dysmorphia

Body dysmorphia is a serious topic and many people, famous or not, suffer from this. This has also added to the extensive editing of photos online, and what we showcase of our lives to look ‘perfect’. Mental health is affected by the retouching of media photos.

Paid ‘paparazzi photos’

Some celebrities have these staged shots edited afterwards by paparazzi they have paid to do so. This shows just how much pressure they face to look a certain way on camera.

Developing a positive body image

To end on a positive note, it can be helpful to develop some good habits when it comes to wanting to change things about yourself. Avoid comparing yourself to others or trying to look a certain way that may be impossible to achieve. If the change you want to make requires surgery and will benefit your self-confidence then the decision is right for you. If the reasons are healthy then opting for surgery can be a positive decision to make.

What do you think?

Written by Kara Masterson

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.

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