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Why Body Positivity Is Important

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The body positivity movement

Body positivity is the idea that all people deserve to have a positive body image, regardless of shape, size, and appearance.

The major goals of the body positivity movement include:

  • Challenging how society views the body.
  • Promot...

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The body positivity movement has its root in the fat acceptance movement of the 1960s. The body positivity movement began to emerge around 2012, first focusing on challenging unrealistic feminine beauty standards, but eventually shifting to the message that all bodies are beautiful.

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The formation of body image starts early in life. Exposure to images of the "thin ideal" poses a danger. It develops the belief that beauty, success, and esteem are the result of thinness. When people internalize these ideas, they may experience body dissatisfaction, leading to depression, low se...

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  • Body positivity implies that people should do whatever they think to feel positive about how they look. The idealization of thinness can contribute to people engaging in actions such as extreme diets under the guise of feeling "body positive."
  • Body positivity can be non-inclusive. ...

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To maintain a healthy body image:

  • Adopt body neutrality. It's okay to admit that you don't like everything about your body or feel indifferent. Your worth and value do not lie in your body image.
  • Try health-focused self-care. Show respect fo...

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