Body dissatisfaction and eating challenges are on the rise, affecting every sector of our population, from our youth to our elderly, but with an alarming increase among teens, young adults and children of increasingly younger ages.
“We’ve reached a point in history where nearly every person is in some way affected by society’s heightened focus on beauty images, health and weight,” say Connie Sobczak and Elizabeth Scott, co-founders of The Body Positive.
We have the power to create the necessary cultural shift to save the next generation from negative body image as a root cause of many unhealthy behaviors with food and exercise.
You can learn to live peacefully and healthfully in your body by becoming competent in the five core skills of the Be Body Positive Model. The model teaches us to reclaim health, practice intuitive self-care, cultivate self-love, declare our own authentic beauty and build community.Read more →
As pandemic restrictions ease, an alarming reality emerges. Instead of feeling only relief, many of us feel self-conscious about how our bodies have changed. Let’s resist the urge to apologize for our own bodies or comment on other bodies, remove weight-centric health messages in our community and ditch diet culture’s short-term “fixes” and instead, learn to trust our bodies.Read more →
Women internalize objectifying messages called self-objectification, but can transform the pain and shame of body image disruptions through “body image resilience” a term coined by body image researchers Dr. Lindsay Kite and Dr. Lexie Kite, to be more than body.Read more →
What’s keeping us from enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving meal? Diet culture, disguised as wellness, and its simplistic, one-dimensional definition of health: that a thin body is ideal. This false and simplistic definition of “wellness” can lead to lifelong weight worry and make it difficult to feel good in our bodies - and enjoy a holiday meal - no “earning” or “burning” of food required.Read more →
We’re barraged day after day by oppressive messages that certain bodies are more valuable than other bodies.
These messages are based on body hierarchy, a system that ranks our place on its ladder depending on our unique human characteristics. Some we’re born with; others change as we live. The list includes body size, gender, race, class, age, ability and health status. Body hierarchy is built on the belief that there’s a “right” and “wrong” way to have a body.
The solution to poor body image isn’t to fix our bodies or even to just try harder to love what we see in the mirror, making our body the problem. It’s to dismantle what’s driving it, the root cause, this system that ranks some bodies as better than others. When we embrace body diversity the system will crash and body image will be a challenge of the past. Ultimately, by celebrating the uniqueness of each human body we can create a kind, just, compassionate world for every body.
Since long before the coronavirus outbreak, our society has been plagued by a health crisis unlike any other — diet culture. Every year, billions of dollars are willingly invested in this epidemic. In fact, most people want to catch the diet culture bug! It’s time to push the antidote of wellness. Redefining Wellness Ambassador Tanya Mark reveals how to protect ourselves from the diet culture pandemic and address misconceptions regarding health and wellness!Read more →
Culturally we’ve been conditioned to believe we can love our bodies only when they’re in “perfect” condition. It’s time to let go of unrealistic body ideals and the concepts of “letting yourself go” or needing to “get your body back.” Bodies are meant to change and grow and show the signs of our lives on them. Learn how you too can embrace your body through self-love, self-care and join the body image movement.Read more →
Worrying about your weight as you shelter in place need not be on your mind. Social media’s latest pandemic hashtag — quarantine15 — is diet culture ramping up again to prey upon our body insecurities, body shaming us for profit. Go easy on yourself and others and don’t push weight stigma or food rules during a crisis, or ever.Read more →
Berating our bodies has become normal, and it must stop if we wish to create a compassionate world where all bodies are valued. When we focus our thoughts to think positively about our unique bodies, research shows that we actually take better care of our bodies.Read more →
The pressure to measure up to the American beauty ideal — thin, firm, smooth and young — is greater than ever before. Redefining beauty isn’t about choosing to participate in beautifying or not. Instead it’s about creating a cultural shift in how beauty is defined and how our self-worth as women is defined.Read more →
Health comes in all different sizes and shapes. Smaller bodies don’t necessarily tell the story of a healthy person, nor do larger bodies tell the story of a lazy person. You can’t know everything about a person’s behavior or life by simply looking at her body.Read more →
Our culture has indoctrinated us to fear fat if we want to be good, happy and healthy. As a result, those assumptions are accepted as truths.
All weight gain is bad; all weight loss is good.
All thin people are happy; all fat people are unhappy.
All thin people are healthy; all fat people are unhealthy.
I am asking you to question these assumptions.Read more →
How can we choose to see our aging bodies differently? By detaching our self-worth from our appearance, practicing gratitude for our present body, honoring aging as a privilege and seeing our body’s true purpose.Read more →
Instead of viewing our bodies as problems that need to be fixed, we can heal from generations of body shame created by cultural messaging based on assumptions about health and perfectionist body ideals.
We can dismantle body shame by understanding its origins and the myths that cultivate it, by learning to separate wellness from weight and celebrating body diversity as part of the human experience.Read more →
Let’s openly discuss and redefine healthy male body image. When we live and teach an elevated definition of health, no matter what our gender, all human bodies benefit. This is radical acceptance.Read more →
Diet culture has us fixated on scale weight, attaining an ideal weight, to be “healthy.” Dump your scale and focus on healthy behaviors. It’s the most healthful approach to taking care of not only your mental and emotional health, but for your physical health.Read more →
Instead of transforming your body, what if you invested in learning to transform your body image, your relationship to your body? While it might seem like an impossible pursuit, you can achieve a healthy body image by practicing and experiencing these five researched-based steps.Read more →
Compliments are great, right?! Of course, we want to tell someone when they look great. Who hasn’t complimented someone who has obviously lost a significant amount of weight?! We probably all have. But we may be doing more harm than good when it comes to creating a positive body image.Read more →