Body Confidence

March 31, 2017

Body Confidence

“To help women feel confident in their body & skin” Advanced Skin Spa mission statement.

The one message that we always try and get across to our clients on a daily basis is our mission statement. We are working with you to achieve the best you can be within your own skin and body. Body and skin confidence has a resounding effect on both a persons mind and lifestyle. If you are unable to feel happy within yourself this will have a knock on effect for your life, your future and those around you.

It did not take long in my research to find out just how much self esteem is governed by the way we look. Even though I went into this blog post being aware of the general facts I might find some of the pieces of information were a big shock to the system. It just proves to us here at Advanced Skin Spa that we need to spread the message of our mission and stand by what we believe.

In accordance to a new report commissioned by Dove, a ‘staggering 89 percent of Australian women are opting to cancel plans, job interviews or other important engagements simply because of how they look’.

Over 10,500 women and girls were questioned as part of this Dove Global Beauty and Confidence Report. All candidates were aged from 10 to 60 and spanned over 13 different countries. It was officially the largest confidence survey ever commissioned.

Australia came out right on par with the UK in terms of body confidence ratings. Only a tiny 20 percent admitted to having high self esteem. The report goes on to show the serious impact body image has on how women conduct themselves in the workplace. Just 5 in 10 stick to their opinions or decisions based on how they look that day. 

“This new cross-cultural research highlights the reality that low body-esteem prevents many women from fully engaging in life,” says Dr Susan Paxton, who was involved with the research. “Women are under many pressures to conform to beauty ideals, and the report shows that social media is presenting a new challenge and adding pressure to look a certain way. The findings are certainly a call for action.”

This following table produced by statisticbrain.com goes on to show how it is not just women being effected by these self esteem issues. With a good percentage of men contemplating surgery and indulging in dietary fads it is clearly an underlying issue across all countries genders and ages.

Percent of all women who are unhappy with their bodies and resort to dieting

91 %

Percent of women who say the images of women in the media makes them feel insecure

80 %

Percent of college-aged girls who feel pressured to be a certain weight

58 %

Percent of girls in 1st through 3rd grade who want to be thinner

42 %

Percent of 10 year olds who are afraid of being fat

81 %

Percent of teenage girls who are, or think they should be, on a diet

53 %

Percent of teenage girls who reported being teased about their weight

30 %

Percent of teenage boys who reported being teased about their weight

25 %

Percent of 15-17 year old girls who want to change at least one aspect of their physical appearance

90 %

Percent of teen boys using unproven supplements and/or steroids

12 %

Percent of girls age 15-17 who acknowledged having an eating disorder

13 %

Percent of women who stated they would consider cosmetic surgery in the future

40 %

Percent of men who stated they would consider cosmetic surgery in the future

20 %

Total annual revenue of the weight loss industry

$55,400,000,000

 

Unfortunately when both male and females experience poor body image, they often turn to dieting as a solution. There are numerous studies that cite the psychological connection between poor body image and dieting.

‘In a survey of adolescents approximately ages 14 – 18, more than 59% of females and 29% of males were trying to lose weight. Over 18% of girls and 8% of boys had gone without food for 24hours or more to lose weight in the last 30 days. Of the girls, 11.3% had used diet pills’ (Centre for disease control 2014)

This startling fact just proves the impact we are having on the future generations. How we present ourselves with body confidence and the relationship we have with ourselves has a direct impact on our children and their own outlook on their body and self –esteem.

Instead of working on our body’s in a natural and healthy way surgery has become a real quick fix of our generation. In a recent study taken from Plastic Research Info it was found that in Australia alone women had nearly 10.6million cosmetic procedures, 91% of the total. The top 5 procedures were; breast augmentation, liposuction, eyelid surgery, abdominoplasty and breast reduction.

Men had 1.1 million procedures, 9% of the total. This was an increase of 17% on the previous year. The top 5 proceedures for men were; Liposuction, eyelid surgery, rhinoplasty, breast reduction and hair transplantation. 

Body confidence is clearly a large issue in society all over the world. It is an issue very close to our hearts. We will do all we can to stay true to our mission statement and make you feel the best you can in your own body and skin without diets and without drastic measures we are here to work with you and for you.




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