The Body Positive Movement vs Body Confidence
When I started promoting the body positive movement, I confused it with body confidence. Initially I thought body positivity and confidence were strongly related. I did research, read blog posts, watched videos on YouTube and realized that it was two completely different subjects.
People often ask me, “Megan what does the body positive movement stand for and how does it compare to body confidence”.
Let me break it down for you guys.
The body positive movement was created to help people with marginalized bodies feel entitled to self-love and show diverse bodies of all shapes and sizes in the media. The movement also aimed to create communities where diverse women, men, cismen, ciswomen, genderqueer and trans individuals felt safe to be who they are and love their bodies as is. Therefore body positivity is a political movement, promoting the message that all bodies are good bodies.
Body confidence is an individual’s journey, learning to love and accept your body as is. It’s completely personal and depends on how you feel about your body.
Learning to love your body is a continuous journey that takes time and work. Until two years ago, I was my own worse critic and thought I needed to be a certain size in order to be healthy and happy (boy was I wrong). Being confident in your body requires positive self-talk. What are the first thoughts that come to mind when looking at the mirror? It’s very easy to be critical of our bodies especially when we are influenced by toxic people and the billion dollar diet industry, constantly promoting the message that we need to loose weight. Last year, Americans spent over 66 billion dollars on weight loss products alone. The diet industry thrives on our insecurities. Imagine what would happen if our body confidence increased?
A few things to remember about the body positive movement and body confidence
- We are advocating for diversity in the media, celebrating all body types (not only the promotion of one body type or race).
- A body positive activist does not promote diet culture. They promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
- You can’t call someone a body positive activist unless they are promoting the inclusiveness of all body types.
- Being a certain size does not mean you are healthy.
Remember that you don’t have to be a certain shape or size to be a worthy human being. You are worthy of love and respect inspite of your body size.
If you have any questions about the body positive movement or you’d like me to address a subject, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact me directly.
Love and light,
Image credit: Olga Olenn