Body Positivity

Updated: Jun 9, 2021

TW: Eating Disorders


You must have seen multiple videos, articles, posts, etc. on body image and body positivity. But what do these terms actually mean?


Body image is what a person believes about their appearance. How they feel about their body, height, weight, and shape and also how they sense and control their body as they move. Body positivity is acceptance of one’s appearance, weight, height, shape, etc.

 

Unrealistic body standards are a plague to today’s society. People, especially women are expected to look like models and stay in shape.


Women look around and see expectations of what they should look like. They are constantly worrying about their body image and focus on reaching these unfeasible goals set by society, which is very unhealthy and can lead to eating disorders and mental health issues.

A NEDA article titled “Body Image and Eating Disorders” states that 40-60% of elementary school aged girls are concerned about their weight. This problem starts at a young age and follows a woman her whole life. The same article states that over half of teenage girls skip meals, fast, smoke cigarettes, vomit and take laxatives in order to control their weight. These actions become habits and can imminently develop into psychological concerns.

 

“My body is not yours to critique and discuss. My body is not yours for consumption. My body is a vessel. An archive of experiences. A weapon that has fought battles only I understand. A library of love, pain, struggle, victory and mystery. Do not place value upon my body, place it upon my being.”


 

No one decides what one should look like. No one has the right to judge you based on your appearance. Women should not care about these beauty standards as everyone is beautiful no matter what society says. Learning to love your body is the first step to learning to love yourself.

I would like to conclude with a quote said by Sophie Lewis:

“My body is not yours to critique and discuss. My body is not yours for consumption. My body is a vessel. An archive of experiences. A weapon that has fought battles only I understand. A library of love, pain, struggle, victory and mystery. Do not place value upon my body, place it upon my being.”


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Rachayita Thakur

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