Body Image: Stop Focusing on Your Tooshie, and Get Your Tooshie Going!

Maybe there is more to life than, “Do these jeans make my butt look big?”  According to research in Courtney E. Martin’s book, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, the average woman spends an hour a day thinking about food, fat, and fannies.

Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters: How the Quest for Perfection is Harming Young Women (Paperback)Sometimes the thought stream is obvious, as in “Should I order a salad with light dressing or fish and chips?”  Other times our time is stolen subtly, with thoughts taking a millisecond to zap through the brain.  Is the woman in front of me skinnier or fatter than me?  Such thoughts pass faster than you can say, “chocoholic,” so you may barely recognize this stinking thinking.

If you begin logging every thought you have throughout the day regarding body image, food, exercise regime, etc., you will understand you probably spend much more time pondering your plunder than you realized.  If you spend an hour each day thinking about body image issues, you will lose three years from ages 12 through 85.  (Thanks to Courtney E. Martin for the calculation from her book.)

Maybe we miss the point when we ask, “Do these jeans make my butt look big?”  jeans

Maybe the more important question is, “How can I get my butt going?”  In other words, how can I use my God-given personality, gifts, and talents to make the world a better place?”  We all have unique gifts and personalities, which we were given to contribute positively to our world.

Take a few minutes to think about things that really break your heart.  Maybe it’s human trafficking: .  Or homelessness.

Some of you have a love for animals and your heart cries out for those in shelters.  Maybe you can volunteer for such a noble cause.  Because if we shift the focus from our fannies to larger, more important problems, it’s a win-win situation.  Needs are met and we feel better about ourselves.

Here is an incredible story about one man’s journey of shifting his focus from himself to others through a cause he believed in.  Although I don’t know Scott Harrison and whether or not he struggles with body image issues (although men and boys certainly do struggle with body image issues), I’m sure you can understand why he pursued his passion.  Hopefully this will inspire you to stop focusing on your rearie, and get your rearie going!


“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Eph. 2:10)

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