Operation Beautiful: Join the Movement

Guest blogger and C4W intern, Sarah Andrews, shares her passion for girl empowerment.

  • 2 out of 5 women would trade 5 years of their life to be thin
  • The majority of women overestimate their own waist size by 30 % and their hip size by 16%
  • More women are suffering from anorexia or bulimia than are fighting breast cancer
  • Most American girls begin to diet when they are just 8 years old
  • Why are we are own worst enemies?
  • It’s time to face the facts: we have a serious body image crisis on our hands.

facts above taken from this video.

So, what are we going to do about this crisis?

One thing we can do is join Operation Beautiful.

It is a simple thing (post it notes) with poweful results (women feeling better about themselves!).

If you haven’t heard the buzz about this wonderful organization, check out the organization’s mission below:

The goal of the Operation Beautiful website is to end negative self-talk or “Fat Talk.” If this little blog only does one productive thing, I hope it helps readers realize how truly toxic negative self-talk is — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Through my own experiences fighting Fat Talk, I’ve realized the power behind an anonymous act such as Operation Beautiful. When I post a note, I’m saying, “I CHOOSE to be positive!”

I began Operation Beautiful by leaving positive messages on the mirrors of public restrooms — at work, at the gym, at the grocery store. I scribble down whatever comes to mind — “You are beautiful!” or “You are amazing just the way you are!” My personal goal is to leave as many Operation Beautiful notes as I can. Maybe some people read them and just smile, but I bet some people are truly touched by the effort of a random stranger.

As if that wasn’t fabulous enough, the site has wonderful links to “Change the Way You See.”

Another cool thing is this was all started by a young woman (now only 26) named Caitlin.

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