Body image, our perception of our own bodies, can be positive, negative, or neutral, but for many of us, it can be a subject of ongoing anguish. How we see ourselves, how we feel about the way we look, the thoughts and beliefs we have about our bodies, and the actions we take in relation to the way we look are all components of our body image. Body image can be affected by our mental health, relationships with others, cultural and societal messages, and a variety of other factors. Examining these factors and our corresponding assumptions about them can make a big difference in being able to appreciate—and even enjoy!—how we perceive ourselves.
From the leading bloggers in the fat-acceptance movement comes an empowering guide to body image—no matter what the scales say. When it comes to body image, women can be their own worst enemies, aided and abetted by society and the media.
At twenty-nine, Kelsey Miller had done it all: crash diets, healthy diets, and nutritionist-prescribed “eating plans,” which are diets that you pay more money for. She’d been fighting her un-thin body since early childhood, and after a lifetime of failure, finally hit bottom.
Fat isn’t the problem. Dieting is the problem. A society that rejects anyone whose body shape or size doesn’t match an impossible ideal is the problem. A medical establishment that equates “thin” with “healthy” is the problem. The solution? Health at Every Size.
Over the past twenty-five years, our quest for thinness has morphed into a relentless obsession with weight and body image. In our culture, “fat” has become a four-letter word. Or, as Lance Armstrong said to the wife of a former teammate, “I called you crazy. I called you a bitch.
As a culture obsessed with weight loss, we all know the latest fads that claim to help us drop pounds instantly. What often isn’t discussed is the science behind the issue and how learning to deal with stress can promote and accelerate weight loss.