Every woman, regardless of her size, has body image issues. But this is especially true for plus-size women. Because women’s bodies are constantly scrutinized and commented upon, and Madison Avenue and the media promote unrealistic ideals, how could it be otherwise? In reality, our bodies – no matter what their shape or size – are wondrous things. They keep us moving through our world, they have an amazing capacity to heal themselves and they are intriguing in their diversity of beauty. Take this quiz to discover what your body image says about you:
1. Think of three things you love about your body. Okay, how long did it take you to come up with your list?
- A. Less than 15 seconds B. Under a minute C. About five minutes D. I’m still thinking
2. How often do you weigh yourself?
- A. Never B. Once a month C. Once a week D. Almost every day
3. What best describes your thoughts when you stand without clothes in front of a mirror?
- A. “Boy, am I hot, or what?” B. “Hmmm… My (body part) is kind of nice.” C. “I’ve got to do something about my (body part).” D. I would never stand without clothes in front of a mirror
4. What are you most likely to wear to a rollicking party?
- A. Something slinky that shows off my curves B. An outfit with a fitted silhouette C. Something loose and comfortable D. An outfit that hides my (body part)
5. How often do you choose not to participate in an activity (go to a party or swim, for example) because of your body shape or size?
- A. Never B. Rarely C. Sometimes D. Frequently
6. When you make love, do you:
- A. Delight in your partner’s enjoyment of your body? B. Have fleeting doubts about your attractiveness to your partner? C. Cringe when your partner touches your (body part)? D. Insist upon turning off the lights first?
7. When you receive a compliment about your appearance, do you feel:
- A. Deserving B. Flattered C. Suspicious D. Incredulous
8. What is your response when a friend or co-worker complains about how fat she is?
- A. “Get over it!” B. “You look terrific to me.” C. “I know exactly what you mean.” D. “Let’s join that new diet center tomorrow.”