The purposes of the Body Positivity movement are:
Encouraging individuals to accept their own bodies
Helping individuals understand that they're worthy of love regardless of size, shape, gender, colour of skin, disability and perceived flaws.
Challenging how society and the media view differences in people's bodies
Advocating for the acceptance of all bodies
Addressing unrealistic body standards
A study conducted in the UK revealed that 95% of girls between the ages of 16-21 would like to change their bodies
What is body image?
Body image refers to how we think and feel about ourselves physically, and how we believe others see us.
Problems that can emerge as a result of poor body image include:
Low Self Esteem
Improving Body Image:
Write positive affirmations in a notebook, eg. " I am beautiful" and "I am enough."
Get rid of clothing that no longer fits
Swap out size related fitness goals with health related goals
Body positivity addresses some of the ways that body image influences mental health and wellbeing. Having a healthy body image plays a role in how people judge their self worth.
Practising Body Positivity:
Recognize all that your body does for you
Wear whatever you want now, not when X changes for your body
Take care of your body by getting proper sleep, doing activities you enjoy, eating foods you like and practising self-care.
"Body positivity means accepting the body you have as well as the changes in shape, size and ability may undergo dies to nature, age or your own personal choices throughout your lifetime." - Mallorie Dunn