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‘Dear Daughter – I Hope You Never Hate Your Body As I Hated Mine’
Continuing her series of letters to her daughter, Anna Mansell explains why she worries about the impact her body image will have on her offspring...
A Disclaimer: I was a child of the 80s when lycra was street wear and Mr Motivator would invite you to march it out, five mornings a week, just before the ad break on breakfast television. The home exercise market would explode with thigh trimmers, ab crunch frames and exercise-at-home DVDs. Soup diets were on their first incarnation and, and it wasn’t long after that that carbs became the enemy.
It’s hard to know, looking back, if the message I received from television, films and women in my family were the ones they meant to send me, or if nature simply programmed me to believe that beauty came in the form of flat stomachs, toned arms, slender legs and luminescent spandex. It’s hard also, to define the moment I realized how hateful my body was.
Perhaps it was the day I was encouraged to breathe a certain way because then my stomach would lay flatter.
Perhaps it was the day I was teased in the swimming baths for having hips.
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