Wordless Wednesday

March 16, 2011 18 Comments TAGS: Beauty, Kids, Wellness

The Perfect Body” as illustrated by Olympic Athletes.

When my girlfriend forwarded me Dr. Lisa Wade pictorial from the website Sociological Images this week, I thought it was quite an interesting topic of discussion. It shows, as Dr. Wade pointed out, “a wide variety of strong, healthy women and men who pursue their sport to excellence.”

None of these images have been photoshopped.

The point–  to show our children, that healthy men and women, who excel at their game, come in all different shapes and sizes. That there is no ONE perfect body. To love and embrace the body you were born with.


P.S. – The gastro stomach flu has officially taken us all down, one at a time, Godfather annihilation style.  Both boys had it, hubby had it all night long in a hotel room on a business trip, I had it this morning.

Then again, we could be in Tokyo.

It definitely puts things into perspective.



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    2. JannetteNo Gravatar says:

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    3. RuairiNo Gravatar says:

      Not a chance is the middle top woman healthy.

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    9. Wow! This is like being in a candy store for me, so fascinating. A great lesson for kids AND grownups to learn about perception. It’s what’s inside that counts.

    10. AshleyNo Gravatar says:

      I think a lot of ads are trying to incorporate different body types as opposed to the photoshopped model. Have you ever seen the Dove Evolution video? http://bit.ly/10WkYd It shows the unrealistic expectations we hold ourselves to. Great post 🙂 Thank you!


    11. DaveNo Gravatar says:

      I love it! Thanks

    12. DebNo Gravatar says:

      What a great idea. Thanks for reposting. Pictures I will definitely be showing my girls. And if I’m honest, a well needed reminder for me too.

    13. A mother of 3 daughters says:

      Loving your body is about loving what’s inside. It’s that simple. Teach good self esteem and your kids will thrive regardless of their body size. That’s just my opinion.

    14. Janet says:

      I loved this! Thank you for sharing.

    15. a says:

      I recently went to a highschool fashion show. What impressed most people was how well a few girls stood out and took over the show.What impressed me the most was there were short girls,tall girls,skinny girls,heavier girls.pretty girls and girls that were not blessed with natural beauty,girls that danced like ballerinas, and girls that really couldnt keep up to the music!
      What a GREAT way to show impressionable teenage girls that WE are all equal and we ALL are ALLOWED to participate. Loved your post Erica.

    16. TNo Gravatar says:

      I love this post Erica…
      Our perception of beauty & the ideal body ingrained in our minds via magazines is a far cry from the thousands of body shapes & types depicted in healthy people. Not just these olympians, but through healthy foods, regular exercise and a well balanced life. One size definitely doesn’t fit all. Thanks for sharing, and hope everyone feels better soon xx

    17. FeliciaNo Gravatar says:

      We all had the stomach flu here too. It’s so gross. I’m glad to see it’s left your house. Very cool pictures. How beautiful is that woman whose legs have been amputated.

    18. Lisa BrownNo Gravatar says:

      Stunning photos. They all look great to me even though they’re all clearly different shapes and sizes. I agree it’s a good exercise to show your kids (especially girls) that there is no one beautiful body type. Thank you for sharing.

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