Posts with the tag: Body Acceptance

Mirror mirror on the wall, what we look like isn’t all

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.

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Size or shape doesn’t define your health

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.

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Check yourself: Fat isn’t a four-letter word

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.

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Mom’s body attitude can shape daughter’s

Never before have our girls been more obsessed with their weight and appearance. They are more afraid of becoming fat than they are of nuclear war, cancer or losing their parents, according to the Council on Size and Weight Discrimination.

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Let's All Embrace Our Age - Fifty is the new fifty

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.

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We can stop apologizing for our bodies now

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.

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