On Monday the television show Huge, starring Nikki Blonsky, premiered on ABC Family. Blonsky plays Willamina Radar and goes by "Will." Her mom and dad shipped her to "fat camp" to lose weight, but the rebellious Will isn't having it.
In fact, she tearfully and with much conviction asked her counselor on her first day: "I don't want to change. Why should I?" This got me thinking about body image and the pressures girls, teens, women, and moms alike face -- and where exactly that pressure comes from.
A recent story on The Stir revealed actress Amanda Seyfried's body confidence tips. She told Self mag, "You've got to realize that you're living for yourself, not for other people. No body's perfect." She confided that Hollywood is a major culprit when it comes to maintaining a "perfect" body.
Exactly what Blonsky's witty, teen beat character attempted to convey last night, except her parents were her boiling pressure points.
In real life though, who pressures you? Family, friends, hubbies -- no one at all? Well, I polled five mom friends and all of them admitted to feeling pressured to lose the baby weight instantly and get back into pre-baby shape by the "celeb rags." You know, the ones that publish bikini cover shots of first-time moms like Kourtney Kardashian and Kendra Wilkinson -- not to mention pics of super-skinny veteran moms like Victoria Beckham, Jennifer Garner, and Gwen Stefani.
What about you? Do you feel pressure to maintain a certain body image? Who pressures you, if anyone?
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