We’ve all dealt with body image issues, whether they be passing moments or reoccurring thoughts.
Modern society has seen body shaming become a norm, but we here at TenEighty hope to change things… one YouTube video at a time.
This week our Five Of The Best deals with increasing positive body image and self-confidence, with the aim of showing readers it’s okay to have the body you do. In fact, we go one step further and suggest you embrace it.
Typing “body image” into the YouTube search bar leaves you with hundreds of thousands of results, so we’ve narrowed down the pickings to give you a handful of informative opinions. So grab your headphones, a notepad and begin embracing the lovely individual you are!
5. FAT LOSER: THE FATTENING – Tom Ridgewell
Tom Ridgewell has deemed 2015 the “Year of the Mouth”, as he is hoping to watch what goes in and what comes out of his. In the first episode of his weight loss series, Tom outlines his plans for the year in hopes of sharing his personal issues with weight and documenting his journey to a healthier lifestyle by dropping 80 pounds. The series is honest and will show the ups and downs Tom will be facing, and we think it’s an absolutely must watch.
Want to join Tom on his journey? Head over to his second channel to catch all the updates and leave him some comments of support.
4. How To Be More Body Confident – Melanie Murphy
Does anyone else sing that ‘Guys and Dolls’ song every time they watch a Melanie Murphy video? No, just us then…
As we’ve previously mentioned, Melanie has been very open about her weight struggles and eating disorder on her channel, so it was only a matter of time before she shared a few tips on how to be body confident.
Ranging from advice on dressing to suit your shape to offering insight into stopping outside comparisons, Melanie’s video is honest and helpful and we appreciate her for it. Thanks love.
P.S. We loved the Mean Girls reference, Melanie. So fetch.
3. Hating Your Body – Jazza John
We’re sure you’ve noticed that there are a fair few less videos tackling body confidence from a male perspective, so it’s great to see creators like Jazza John entering the conversation.
Taking the view that you don’t necessarily need to love your body to accept it, Jazza admits it’s okay to hate certain parts of your body, as long as you accept the fact you don’t like them. He opens up about his own personal body issues and offers up a simple quote to summarise his position: “It’s okay to not be okay”. We applaud him for this feat, as we know it can be difficult to put yourself out there so candidly, especially when it’s broadcast on national television.
2. BODY IMAGE & CONFIDENCE – Shirley Eniang
Shirley Eniang lays it out plain and simple in her video dealing with body image. Presenting viewers with five straight-forward and affective ways to boost morale, she let’s us know that our imperfections make us who we are and we don’t owe anything to anyone but ourselves. We don’t need to live up to societies standards of beauty as long as we’re happy with who we are.
As Shirley states, we should celebrate our bodies because, you know what, they’re pretty awesome and deserve some lovin’, even if we do judge them from time to time.
1. Happy and Healthy – Carrie Hope Fletcher
Carrie Hope Fletcher is known for being open and honest with her audience, so of course she would dive right into the topic of body confidence in a way no one has done so before.
Sharing her measurements in the hopes of informing those watching that everyone can be happy with themselves, no matter their size, Carrie gives us a pep talk about being confident and accepting the fact that everyone is different. She emits a confidence throughout that, if we’re honest, is enough to inspire us all, and offers some good insight into an issue her audience has brought up quite a few times.
As Miss Fletcher says, we need only worry about three things: Being happy, being healthy and, most of all, being comfortable. Everything else is just taking up space in our brains. Space, might we add, that would be better filled by reading some more TenEighty articles.
So there you have it…
Five of the Best: Body Image. We hope these videos helped you in some way, whether that be offering you a sprinkle of confidence or letting you know you’re not alone in your body worries and that it’s okay to be a little self-conscious.
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