What would you think about, do, be, create etc. if you didn’t think about your weight? If you never worried about your clothing size, the size of your thighs, the size of your belly, what might be different?
Sometimes, I come across a photo of a scantily-dressed or not-dressed person who is old, fat, or not conforming to the culture’s ideals of beauty or sexuality in some other way. Invariably, someone else comments: “No one wants to see that.” Bullshit. I want to see it, and I want other people to, too.
In becoming more positive about ourselves, we’ve tackled hearing nice things about ourselves and getting ourselves moving. This week, we’re going to tackle the hardest type of positivity to master for many people: Body Positivity. TRIGGER WARNING for discussion of body image, body dysmorphic disorder, and eating disorders.
If you haven’t been privy to the awesome images coming from Marilyn Wann and the Stand4Kids campaign, you need to check it out now. It’s okay, go ahead. I’ll wait! Glad you’re back!
This post really could be an indictment of the way that fat always equals bad in the symbolism of progressive movements, including Occupy, but it isn’t. And as much as I wish that fellow Lefties would take up the call of fat acceptance rather than fatphobia, for now it’s a dream deferred.
Of course, you don’t actually need my permission to love your body, right? Who the frick am I to give you permission to love your body?! That’s your choice, isn’t it? No one has the right to give you permission or to take away permission. So if I can’t give you permission, and no one […]
Hair Peace: It’s a nice sentiment (one of the better phrases popularized by John and Yoko) but how many of us really experience peace with our hair? It’s not easy, even though from what I can gather most of the contributors to this site are at various places on their various paths to accepting their […]
Oh yeah, it’s about to get real in here. As most of you know, my job is working with people who want to end their struggles with food and body image so that they can have fuller, richer, happier lives. This is a journey that I’ve been on myself. I dieted for 24 years. I obsessed about […]
The idea that there are such things as “figure flaws” drives me batty. In many ways, I have the body shape that “obesity experts” wring their hands over. I have a thick waist and narrow hips, such that my waist to hip ratio is nearly at 1. I tend to gain weight around my midsection. […]
As you may have heard by now, former body acceptance advocate Jess Weiner was interviewed by Glamour about how loving her body almost killed her. In the article she shares how, for her, body acceptance had meant not checking in on her health. I, and many other bloggers, have already picked apart the inconsistencies and […]
As you may have heard by now, former body acceptance advocate Jess Weiner was interviewed by Glamour about how loving her body almost killed her. Luckily, she learned to hate her body just in time!
I tried to write this post about ten times this week, and every time, I just couldn’t do it. I had ideas but I didn’t like them enough. I sat down to write and then found every distraction I could find (hello, Facebook!).
A few days ago, I recorded an interview with Sharon Crawford for The Spiritual Path To Food And Body Freedom Summit (feel free to check out it out here). I was asked to speak about Health At Every Size(SM), and bring that different perspective to the summit. I talked about all of the benefits of […]
Earlier this week, I had a really infuriating call with a member of my family. She told me that despite all this “body acceptance stuff,” I had to start taking care of myself. When I asked her what she meant by that, she said, “Making healthier food choices.”
Last week, I had a weirdly cathartic moment watching a Yankees vs. Red Sox game. The game was at Fenway, and I noticed that each time Alex Rodriguez walked to the plate, he was greeted by a roar of tens of thousands of people booing him. I realize that a Yankee getting booed in Boston […]