Life Lessons

Life Lessons: Wisdom Wednesday: Body image

Studies say about 91 percent of women are unhappy with their bodies.

When you hear statistics like that, it can be troubling. Many women attribute their difficulty with a positive body image to what they see in the media and on social media. We asked a group of Lehigh Valley women to weigh in.

Deborah Lassiter
Founder of DCL Ministries 
Author, Radio Host, Entrepreneur

"I have to say it’s difficult being a woman, we have so many things we like about ourselves and so many things we don’t."

Stephanie Wells
Co-host Mike & Steph in the Morning, B104
Wife, Mother, Volunteer

"I think it has a lot to do with comparison. I think there are so many influencers out there; be it what someone sees on TV, what someone sees or experiences through social media."

Jessica Ramirez
Regression Therapist
Mom

"We’re a society of self haters and it’s so sad because we need to be self celebrators. Our bodies, if we can step back from it and look at how powerful they are and how incredible, how orchestrated everything moves inside our body, our organs work together, our bodies move us to the places we need to go, it’s just this beautiful thing."

Jane Wells Schooley, MA, CMBA
Founder and CEO of Northstar Team Development & Northstar Women Leaders
Co-owner of Dutch Springs

"Media, advertising and marketing make it appear as though women are all one shape, all one size, and it's positive to be one size and negative to be the another size and that somehow that relates to our being, our spirit."

Stephanie Gardner
Filmmaker

"It’s more important that you present yourself the way your comfortable presenting yourself and that makes you beautiful."

Susan Yee
CEO/Active Data and WhenNow.com
Single mom
Angel investor, Philanthropist

"It’s more about confidence and the outcome of how you feel about your body, or your brain, or what you say, or your emotions. I think body is just one element of confidence and of emotion and of happiness."

Deborah Lassiter
Founder of DCL Ministries 
Author, Radio Host, Entrepreneur

"And once you realize and start to embrace yourself, when you start to do self inventory when you start to like the bad and the good. I had to embrace both of them and what I realized is the things I thought were imperfections , they weren’t imperfections at all. They were unique things about myself! They were things that set me apart."

Jessica Ramirez
Regression Therapist
Mom

"If we can take that negative talk in our head and make it positive talk, then we have so much more available to us, to live our lives happy and not be focused on body hating." 
 
Stephanie Wells
Co-host Mike & Steph in the Morning, B104
Wife, Mother, Volunteer

"I think if you have that core group of people who love you any which way you are, or can find that audience that love you any which way you are, that certainly helps you with your body image."

We'll continue this discussion on Monday evening during the Wisdom Coalition televison show at 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to thewisdomcoalition.com.


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