Do you feel as though you have good body positivity? Do you love yourself and the body that you are in? I know it can be hard to answer those questions, because for me it depends what day it is. Some days I wake up feeling great, I love myself and I embrace who I am. Others I wake up feeling the total opposite. And thats totally normal.
We are living in a world where there is one type of body that is admired by the masses and one type of body that is socially acceptable. And if our bodies don’t fit that standard it can leave us feeling less worthy, or not beautiful enough. Which should not be the case at all.
It will take years before the beauty standard is changed in the world, because it involves changing years of damage thats already been done. The media has a huge part to play in this, as they are responsible for alot of what we consume digitally. If they only show one body type or one race on their magazine covers they are not properly representing what everyone looks like. And this can be so damaging.
WHAT IS BODY POSITIVITY?
Body positivity refers to the assertion that all people deserve to have a positive body image, regardless of how society and popular culture view ideal shape, size, and appearance.
Some of the main reasons why the body positivity movement started include:
– Challenging how society views bodies
– Promoting the acceptance of all bodies
– Helping people build confidence and acceptance of their own bodies
– Addressing unrealistic body standards
Definitions and information from – verywellmind.com
IT IMPROVES MENTAL HEALTH
Being uncomfortable in your skin and not loving who you are can have a really detrimental affect on your mental health. It can make you feel unworthy and unloved. And people often find they compare themselves to others. This needs to stop. Truly loving yourself and embracing who you are can work wonders for improved mood and mental wellbeing.
We should love who we are and the way we were made, and this is why we need the body positivity movement. So that people who don’t fit the societal standards that have been set, still feel beautiful and loved for the way they are.
IT’S SETTING AN EXAMPLE
Not only is body positivity needed for us, it’s also needed for future generations. It’s setting an example to kids and teenagers. As they grow they will learn to challenge societies standards and pave a new way of thinking and loving each other.
It’s so important that we teach the next generation that body positivity is good and is okay. You are allowed to love your body if It doesn’t fit the box that bodies have been put into. It’s also important because one day they will have kids, and their kids need to know this too. It’s almost like a chain reaction. We need to keep it going so that this societal judgement ends with our generations.
CHALLENGES SOCIAL BEAUTY STANDARDS
Imagine if we lived in a world where we were all represented, how different life would be. We would all feel included and loved and praised for who we are. Rather than shamed and ridiculed. And this is why we need the body positivity movement for both men and women. The beauty standards of the world are so high that they aren’t achievable.
This is why we need body positivity, we need as many people as we can to let the world know they love and accept themselves as who they are and the skin they are in.