“Beauty shouldn’t have a definition – certainly not one set by society. The notion that only bodies of a particular size, shape, colour or form are beautiful is downright ludicrous. It’s what drives the stigma around body image – or body shaming. The best way to stand against it is to live and breathe body positivity.
What is body positivity
Body positivity, in my view, is about embracing and loving your body just the way it is – irrespective of size, shape, colour or form. What makes this a challenge is the constant negative messaging around us that endorses only certain body types as normal and beautiful. It’s all around us – in the media and everyday life. It’s what leads to the social stigma of body shaming – which is to criticise someone (or yourself) on physical appearance. Body shaming is a form of bullying and is simply not ok.
Body Positive is…”a way of living that gives you permission to love, care for, and take pleasure in your body throughout your lifespan”
CONNIE SOBCZAK, 2014 – AUTHOR OF EMBODY
Why body shaming needs to stop
Body shaming can have many harmful effects on those subjected to it – women, men, young adults and even children. I know this firsthand, having faced it in some form or other, all through my life. It can cause anxiety, depression, eating disorders and even lead to unhealthy behaviours to change physical appearance. Particularly with children, body shaming can have lasting effects on their health and self esteem.
What can we do about it?
I believe in fighting the negative with a positive. As individuals, the best way to fight body shaming is to do everything in your power to be body positive – here’s five ideas.”— Jan On The Blog