If you could change one thing about your body, what would you change?
Would you make your thighs thinner? Your stomach flatter? Biceps bigger? Nose narrower?
This is exactly the question The Jubilee Project asked 50 real people in their latest video, and many of the responses were exactly as expected – larger eyes for a woman, smaller ears for one man and a slightly nervous brunette woman balked at the initial prospect of picking just one feature.
Lucky for us, there was a catch — children were surveyed as well. Ranging from small toddlers to tween girls, the cameramen posed the same question to all: If you could change one thing about your body, what would you change?
We’re met with anticipation as we silently observe the kids pondering their answer, until we finally get the first answer.
“Um, you know, have a mermaid tail.”
The answers only get better from there, as the children shed light on the importance of body image in people of all ages and genders. Do most of them have something they would alter? Yes. But there is a difference in what these kids would change about their bodies. They aren’t conforming to society’s standards or the media’s norms, but instead choosing unique traits that will improve their overall skills – whether that be teleporting, flying or running fast like a cheetah.
Low self-esteem, body image discrepancies and eating disorders are all too common in adults and children alike. We’ve all probably heard about the effects of poor body image in women – in fact, the number of women who are happy with their overall appearance continually falls while dissatisfaction rises each year.
But it doesn’t stop there. The National Eating Disorders Association stated the 40-60 percent of elementary aged girls are concerned about being too fat. Additionally, 63 percent of adult men feel as though they could always afford to lose weight, according to NBC News.
It seems that this hopeful video came at the just the right time. Check it out below and see for yourself what being comfortable in your own skin truly looks like.
Stephanie Sharlow is a Marketing Coordinator for We-Care.com, building relationships with media professionals to share the incredible stories of the 800+ nonprofits that We-Care.com supports. She has always been dedicated to giving back, even founding a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization for suicide prevention and awareness based out of her alma mater in 2011. Stephanie is a Media Fellow graduate of DePauw University, and lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter @StephSharlow.