Being body positive is for everyone; short, tall, fat, skinny, male, female. It is about loving the body you have no matter what shape, size or colour. It’s about making choices for your body out of love for your body. Being body positive means pushing back against any negativity we experienced as a child, from wrong but well-meaning friends and family, from bullies at school or images we saw on TV or magazines. It means continuing to push against those boundaries as adults when we come up against body shaming in social media, pressure from the diet industry or continued negativity from those so-called friends and our own family members who may be well intentioned but hurtful none the less. The body positive movement tells us that everyone’s body is a good body, that no one body type or shape is better than another!
Being body positive is a difficult journey and is not something achieved overnight especially in the society we live in that puts more value on the slim, blond, blue-eyed super model most of us are not nor will ever be. TV, magazines, social media and diet industries have profited from our lack of confidence in who we are by telling us that we’d be better if only we tried this product… or join a gym to get your bikini body ready for summer… or try this diet program to become a better version of yourself.
We have to make every effort to resist these types of negative thoughts, to learn the difference between health/wellness and weight/weight loss and infuse our existence with positive perspectives. When you learn to love yourself you will be more confident in the choices you make for your body, have a higher self-esteem and be a happier person all around.
Be Pretty, Plus and Proud and body positive!
Some questions to ponder:
- What were you told as a child that led to a lack of confidence or love for your body?
- How do you feel about your body today? Thoughts, ideas, feelings regarding how you look?
- What can you do do right now to change a negative attitude about your body to a more positive attitude, one of being body positive?
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