The Body Positive Movement and Health
The Body Positive Movement is one that aims to aid in self-love and acceptance towards one’s body. Its main goal is to provide individuals (especially women) around the world with the confidence to love and value their body. It empowers all types of people to accept and appreciate their bodies.
Many criticize the goals of this movement and make claims about the damaging results it causes within society. An example of this can be seen in 4 Problems with the Body Positive Movement. This article exhibits the logic behind the movement’s opposition. Many individuals will claim that it only promotes obesity and an unhealthy lifestyle. If these internet trolls truly cared about the health of these individuals, wouldn’t they seek to also be healthy in other areas of life? Would you consider how your cowardly comments could impact the individual behind the screen?
Women and men both face a great deal of criticism regarding their bodies. The perfection shown through the media in the entertainment industry and marketing set unrealistic expectations for individuals everywhere. The reality is that my health could be in a perfect place and I would still never look like the women onscreen. My legs are not nearly long enough, I have wide hips, and a variety of other flaws that would not change with the weight loss. Should I be required to hate myself because I can never achieve this particular body type? I don’t think so.
I work incredibly hard every day to love my body. It enables me to achieve great things. The vessel that brings me to see the world. The reason I can dance in my living room and play volleyball. It is my home for my life on earth. There are days I fail this body. But, I will love it at every size and in every shape.
This is the only body I will ever have, and I will love it in every form.
Health is important. Our body has needs in order to operate at its best. But, size is not an accurate indicator of overall health. A variety of factors should be considered before coming to that conclusion. But, if an individual is not seeking a medical opinion from you, you have no reason to share your views.
Let us all love the bodies we have, and work to continuing to love ourselves more.