How would you describe your body in one word? Filmmaker Taryn Brumfitt set out to see exactly how people of all ages feel about their bodies, asking 100 people, young and old, to choose a single adjective to describe their physiques.
Brumfitt, who is founder of the Body Image Movement, wanted to prove that at the end of the day, worrying about physical imperfections is just a waste of time.
“When you come to the end of your life what are the things you will remember?” Brumfitt wrote in a blog. “Not one person has ever said: their wobbly thighs; their cellulite; their six pack abs.”
Surprisingly, it wasn’t people in their later years who were more critical and self-conscious of their aging bodies. Rather, the young were less satisfied.
“Still works,” “still going,” and “it is the only one I’ve got,” were some of the responses from the older adults. But it isn’t just appreciation that seems to come with age, a lesson we’ve learned time and time again by writing about sexy, confident post 50s.
Strong, unique and magnificent were a few of the other ways older people described themselves.
But our favorite was the middle-aged woman who proudly announced, “My body is succulent.”
Just goes to show, aging isn’t so bad after all.