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Body image

Cheryl Dickow

A dear sister-in-the-Lord recently shared her enthusiasm with me in regards to 6 pounds she had shed.

I smiled and congratulated her and gave her a big hug.  Six pounds – an awesome accomplishment, indeed!  Of course she looked the exact same to me as she did before she lost the weight but I kept that little realization to myself.  In other words, I thought she was perfect.  Her physical beauty and her spiritual beauty were so interconnected, that had she gained weight I would not have noticed either.  But those few pounds made a difference in how she viewed herself and how she believed the world viewed her. 

My own self-perception is just as fragile. I have never been known to purchase clothes that actually fit. I view myself as needing clothes that are always at least one size larger than the “real” me. My own body image still suffers as a result of comments made to me while I was a young teenager. 

Body image is something that affects almost all women – even Catholic women.  Never mind that we understand that we’ve been created in His image and that we are perfect just the way we are – assuming we haven’t been told by a medical professional of a need to change a diet due to diabetes, heart disease etc. – we still find ourselves questioning our shape, our weight, our appearance.

As we enter the New Year, let us all make a concerted effort to see ourselves as Christ sees us rather than how we may have been conditioned to see ourselves.

Topics: Health , Nutrition

Cheryl Dickow is a Catholic wife, mother, author and speaker. She co-authored and published the best-selling All Things Girl books and co-hosted the EWTN 13 part televison series of the same name. Her company is Bezalel Books (Bezalel is Hebrew and means "in the shadow of God") where her goal is to publish great Catholic books for families and classrooms that entertain while uplifting the Catholic faith. Her website is www.BezalelBooks.com where parents, teachers and catechists are invited to browse through titles.  

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