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  • Get positive about body image during menopause

    by Margery Gass | Nov 21, 2012
    Did you know that we publish articles about menopause with More Magazine every month? (Here's the full archive of our writing on menopause help and education on their website.) Our latest piece is about body image during menopause and it has just been posted online — just in time for Thanksgiving. To all of our readers, we thank you and wish you a healthy and happy holiday this week!

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  • Get positive about body image

    by Margery Gass | Sep 24, 2012
    The dictionary defines body image as a person’s perception of their own physical appearance. Body image is formed from a variety of experiences and, while not exclusive to the female gender, it can be a problem for many women throughout their lives. Many things affect how a woman feels about her body -- from puberty to pregnancy to menopause and every media or personal influence in between.

    Menopause may be one such influence. Body image may be affected by the physical, emotional, and social changes of approaching menopause. Menopause at an earlier age caused by surgery or chemotherapy can have an even greater effect on self-perception. Taking steps to improve health will transform and enhance every woman’s sense of well-being and may help create a more positive body image. Need a little motivation?

    Try these simple suggestions to get started:
    • Compliment yourself: Some women focus on their flaws. Instead, they should try focusing on their finer features. Write down a compliment or two and refer to it when you find yourself obsessing about those not-so-favorite traits.
    • Feed your inner self (zero calories!): Engaging in enjoyable activities helps women feel good about themselves. Activities that are social or relaxing or spiritual can help eliminate the stress and anxiety that may keep women critical of their bodies.
    • Exercise tends to make women feel better about their body whether they lose weight or not: A poor body image can lead to emotional distress, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and disordered eating. Learning to take care of and love your body is crucial to happiness and wellness.
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Posts to our Blog are written by NAMS staff members and Dr. Margery Gass. All posts are reviewed and edited by Dr. Gass. We strive to bring you the most recent and interesting information about various aspect of menopause and midlife health. We accept no advertising for our website. We want you to have accurate, unbiased, evidence-based information. 

Margery L.S. Gass, MD, NCMP
NAMS Executive Director

An internationally recognized leader in the field of menopause, Dr. Gass became Executive Director of The North American Menopause Society in 2010. Dr. Gass has been an investigator on numerous research projects, including serving as a principal investigator for the Women’s Health Initiative, and has published and presented on a wide range of topics related to menopause, including osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, and hormone therapy.

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