Ever since I became a model, at a very young age, I have heard the term “body goals”. The girls have been saying that to each other in the dressing rooms and on castings.

However, I never fully understood what they were talking about – the concept of having a body that is “goals” seemed so foreign to me. I never understood how one body type could be viewed as the ultimate perfection, as “conventionally attractive”, and others as bodies that need to be modified to fit a standard.

Now, at the age of 25, I can positively say I will never use the term “body goals” and I want to encourage you to stop using it, too.

Amelia Heart

Did you know that, according to the American Communication Journal, there is a significant link between women’s body dissatisfaction and the media’s effect on body confidence?

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This is because the media defines what the perfect body is and teaches us to use the term whenever we feel less confident. Not to mention, as a desire for the idealized body type grows, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) comes into increasing conflict with body goals.

So, stop falling into a pit of obsessive workouts and unhealthy routines to obtain the unattainable. Nurture your body and aim for a healthy lifestyle and work out in moderation. If you want, make reasonable body goals, and have the right mentality to achieve them.