Self compassion is important for women

Women who accept and tolerate their imperfections appear to have a more positive body image despite their body mass index (BMI) and are better able to handle personal disappointments and setbacks in their daily lives.

Research out of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo found that this self-compassion might be an important means to increase positive body image and protect girls and young women against unhealthy weight-control practices and eating disorders.

A high level of acceptance and understanding of oneself seems to  help people not necessarily view their bodies more positively, but rather acknowledge their bodies’ imperfections and be fine with them.

This study gathered data from 153 female undergraduate students and used BMI calculations based on each participant’s self-reported height and weight. The research team administered a series of questionnaires assessing levels of self-compassion, self-esteem, body image, and eating behaviours.

The study appears in the journal Body Image.

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