Is it bad to care about what you look like?
We’re going to talk about this in February in a series called “THAT’S HOT.”
But my first question would be, to what extent do you care? Every little girls asks, “Daddy, am I beautiful?” My own little girl prances around the living room and will peek over her shoulder to see if I notice her. To be sure, body image is being assaulted at every magazine rack and halftime commercial. And some statistics reveal the collateral damage of this assault:
- In a survey of girls 9 and 10 years old, 40% have tried to lose weight, according to an ongoing study funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
- One study reports that at age thirteen, 53% of American girls are “unhappy with their bodies.” This grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen.
- 8,000,000 or more people in the United States have an eating disorder.
- 90% are women.
- Eating disorders usually start in the teens but may begin as early as age 8.
The thing is, God created us in His image. And the King is enthralled by your beauty, so don’t try to improve what God has already called good.
So is it bad to care what you look like?