How to Boost a Girl's Body Image? Ask Boys What They Like!

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Here's an interesting new proposal to boost girls' body image: let them talk to boys. And not just about anything, but what these boys find attractive. Sound like a disaster waiting to happen? Not according to  Aric Sigman, a child health expert and author of The Body Wars: Why Body Dissatisfaction Is At Epidemic Proportions

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According to Sigman's research, over the past few decades body image issues have worsened among girls. And part of the problem is that not enough men -- and boys -- have joined in on the conversation.

Why would that help? Because boys aren't half as critical about female bodies as girls think they are. Instead, they take a more well-rounded view of what's attractive, factoring in hair, eyes, body language, and yes, even personality.

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So, if only girls knew how boys really felt, it would allow them to relax a little about their looks.

Overall, I like this idea, because I wholeheartedly agree that women and girls have distorted ideas of what men find attractive. I also think this distortion is worsened by the fact that men -- the very people we're dieting and exercising up the wazoo to impress! -- are rarely asked, "Well, what do you find attractive, anyway?"

When I've asked my husband this question, I'm always surprised by his answer. He'll  thumbs-down some rail-thin woman whose body I'd kill to have for one day. Then he'll thumbs-up some woman who has a totally average body, but an incredible smile and a twinkle in her eye -- that's it.

If boys could give girls that same refreshing reality check, I'm all for it.

Do you think boys can help boost girls' body image?

 

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