Kate Winslet Discusses Body Image and Parenting: “We’re so lucky we’re curvy”

Kate Winslet was on ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls” last week for the third episode of his show’s second season.

During the show, Kate Winslet – one of the most beautiful and iconic women of our time, discussed the problems she had with body image growing up. During a conversation with Bear about growing up and being bullied at school as a child, she said:

I was bullied quite a lot at school, actually. I think probably because…Well, I was chubby. I always had big feet, the wrong shoes, the wrong hair, bad hair.

Then when asked how she’s bringing up Mia, her 14 year-old daughter, so she doesn’t have to go through the insecurities that she did, Kate Winslet responded:

When I grew up, I never heard positive reinforcement about body image from any female in my life – I only ever heard negatives, you know. That’s very damaging – because then you’re programmed – as a young woman, to immediately scrutinize yourself, and how you look. 

So I stand in front of the mirror and say to Mia, ‘We are SO lucky that we got a shape. We’re so lucky we’re curvy, we’re so lucky that we’ve got good bums.’ And she’ll say, ‘Mummy, I know, thank God.’  So I do think, oh it’s really working, that thing that I’ve been doing.

The heartwarming candid moment was a unique look into the actresses personal life and how she copes with familiar parenting struggles.

In today’s selfie-obsessed world, body image has become more of a problem than ever with many girls and women -from young tweens to Kim Kardashian, resorting to photoshop to attempt to make themselves look thinner, in some places and curvier in others.

However, photoshop can never correct the deeper problem in our society, which as Kate Winslet points out – stems from the lack of positive body image reinforcement.

Her method, to instill into her young daughter the kind of positive view of her body that Winslet herself never had, has proven effective and inspiring.

Perhaps if we all started looking at how lucky we are to have the unique shape we were given, we wouldn’t all be so unhappy.

Because as Kate Winslet herself pointed out,

Happiness isn’t a search for facial or physical perception – it comes from inside.”


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