Forget zero size models!
March 2007
Your are unique and wonderfully made. Don't let yourself or anyone else convince you otherwise.
Year by year the number of individuals partaking in the 'body beautiful' industry by undergoing cosmetic surgery, a health, fitness, beauty or hair procedure/treatment rises significantly.
 
Recent research (YouGov) found that almost half of women and a quarter of all men in the UK would consider cosmetic surgery. The number of us willing to invest had doubled over the previous year, with 45 per cent of women and 25 per cent of men willing to consider it.  Similarly, a topical survey found that more than one in four adults in the UK are trying to lose weight "most of the time".
 
 
Against this background, you need to remember that your body is miraculous in design .... it is also the only one you will ever own.
 
Everyone is unique. We have different skin colour, hair colour, body shape and size ... but we all look alike inside. If you could glance inside your own body, what would you see? Over 200 bones, miles of blood vessels, and trillions of cells, all of which are constantly working together, in a sublime synchronicity to:-
    - keep you at just the right temperature
    - grow new skin
    - nourish every living cell
    - distinguish between different tastes & literally thousands of different smells
    - defend itself against internal & external attack
    - interact with the world using sight, hearing and touch
    - pump oxygen (life) around your body
    - enable your brain to feel, think, create and function
    - excrete waste
 
I passionately believe in the following 3 principles:-  
 
1. The body matters.  Your body, with all its imperfections, is precious. It is also the only body you will ever have. Bear in mind that a) beautiful bodies come in all colours, shapes and sizes and b) you should look after your body with loving care.
 
2. The mind matters. The worrying growth in the number of unhappy individuals with a poor body image and low self esteem is testimony of this fact.
 
3. The spirit matters. Our spirit has the ability to convey a profound sense of well-being and acceptance of who we are.  

Thus  "beauty" is far more than "skin deep". It's about accepting yourself and making the most of what nature has given you,  by valuing and caring for your body, mind and spirit.