There are few areas as fraught on the female body as our stomachs. Whether it's bloating, "belly fat", waist circumference, or the definition of our abs, when it comes to our stomachs too many women feel that theirs isn't right.
The shame women hold regarding their midsection is harmful for a lot of reasons, and one of them is our gut health. "Many of my female clients have a lot of shame surrounding their stomach area," says Elizabeth Lombardo, Ph.D., and author of Better Than Perfect: 7 Strategies to Crush Your Inner Critic and Create a Life You Love. "They tend to equate a 'non-perfect' stomach with being a failure. This all-or-nothing, perfect-or-failure mentality can lead to a host of stress-related issues, including gut health problems."