Wrapping up this week on body image, I present a “Throwback Thursday” re-run on the topic. For the record, the comments largely support the idea that people carry their early body image with them through life, although most believe it is probably established in the early teen years, not by age ten.
Christine brought up this provocative question, during our conversation on apparent body size:
One interesting thing I did read was that your body image is set at age 10 for girls. So, if you were a heavy ten year old you could be a very slim adult and still “see” yourself as heavy. In reverse, you could be slim as a ten year old (me) and always see yourself as slimmer than you are (I’m always looking for belts and fitted dresses that don’t work with my expanded waist.
Does anyone else find that to be true?
My own random observations:
- I must have been a pretty normal sized 10 year old. Mom?
- This theory might explain some things. Slim girls who complain about being fat are the ones who get the attention, but I’ve wondered why it seems there are some who are overweight and don’t seem to realize it.
- OTOH, there are some ladies who I think might be packing around an extra roll or two, who are actually quite slim.
- Most importantly, I advise highly against introducing fashion magazines until a young lady’s body image is well established, say in the later teen years.
How does your current body image compare with your size as a ten year old?