A quick definition to get you started on the journey to self-acceptance.
To be Body Positive is to value your individual unique identity and feel liberated from self-hatred so you can optimize your energy and intellect to make positive changes in your own life, community, and beyond. -The Body Positive
The Role Diet & Beauty Culture has played in our current state of self love.
hi·jack /ˈhīˌjak/ verb, past tense: hijacked; to take over (something) and use it for a different purpose.
Diet culture has redefined what it means to genuinely love ourselves. Instead of loving our bodies unconditionally as we are today, we’ve been taught to hate our current self and love the ideal of diet and beauty culture driven body types. The types guaranteed with restrictive food advice and supplemental products. Diet and beauty culture convince us that loving our body and appearance is the end goal, conditional on how well we navigate the diet’s path (the common shame inducing cycle of if you don’t succeed you weren’t motivated enough). Even though studies show that 95% of diets fail. This is why we could all raise our hands and share a part of our bodies that we wish we could change. And this is why loving our bodies fully, for what they are now, is pretty hard to do today.
Humane, hu·mane /(h)yo͞oˈmān/ adjective; having or showing compassion or benevolence.
I’d like to introduce to you the idea of body positivity. Body positivity is a humane approach to self acceptance where it’s okay to not genuinely love every inch of your skin, but to treat yourself with compassion regardless. To accept those negative feelings without instant shame or self-hatred, and without falling into the trap of diets/deprivation or self-manipulation. To create a resiliency against diet culture, even in your darkest moments. Body positivity means finding peace and freedom where you are rather than where you’re made to believe you should be.