Poor body image can produce poor health outcomes for aging women. By shifting the narrative about the natural body changes that occur during puberty, pregnancy, peri-menopause and menopause from body problems to be fixed, to body appreciation, we can improve overall health and wellbeing for women of all ages.Read more →
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 →
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.
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 →
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 →
When we were born, we instinctively knew how to eat. But as we move through life, we are impacted by the messages from the world around us. We’re taught over and over again about what to eat. We are taught not to trust ourselves, but instead trust the food authorities. And the “what” we are told to eat to promote our health, shifts, year after year.
These lessons come from family members (more often than not with good intentions), the latest clean eating book, social media and more. And that finger wagging at us telling us we shouldn’t eat this or that, comes from our own thoughts and self-judgement about food and our bodies that we learned from living in diet culture. These lessons can also come with a side of guilt and shame.
Many (most!) of us need to relearn how to eat: intuitive eating.Read more →
I know from my professional Non Diet Nutrition | Healthy Body Image practice that many of us want to change our bodies to meet culture’s ideals because of the messages that we hear and see every single day. This is not OK and is producing an epidemic of body dissatisfaction. We have the power to make a change and shift towards body positive fitness.Read more →
Do you or someone you love struggle with health, self-esteem or body image? Dynamic Eating Psychology Coaching is valuable for anyone who eats (yes, I know that’s everyone) who wants a more harmonious relationship with food, body and self. Why? Because life is too dang short. It’s time for a new approach.Read more →