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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Don’t be fooled into thinking your next food plan or “watching what you eat” in the name of health isn’t just a diet in disguise. There’s a way out of diet culture and its defining, controlling characteristics of willpower and restriction: not dieting.Read more →
I’ve had a crazy relationship with food over my lifetime. I’ve gone from binging on a six pack of cupcakes and eating with wild abandonment to eating with extreme restriction with the stress, fear and self-judgement that comes with such a diet. Today, I want to give you my tips on how eating can be a a pleasureable healthy experience once again.Read more →