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Body Positivity

Body positivity is a social movement that challenges the way popular culture and society view the physical body. Originally created by individuals society has deemed “overweight” (itself an arbitrary concept), the movement has expanded significantly. It now advocates for celebration and acceptance of all bodies, regardless of shape, size, ethnicity, gender, color, age, or disability. The movement’s goal is to shift society’s focus from appearance to health and encouraging nutrient-dense food, exercise, self-care, self-love, being true to oneself, comfortable clothing, inner beauty, and habits to lift spirits. Some have started to call it the Body Responsibility movement.

Fat Is Not the Problem—Fat Stigma Is

“Health experts” are sending incorrect and destructive messages about the relationship between weight and wellness.

From New York to Instagram: The History of the Body Positivity Movement

Love the skin you’re in—it’s a message most with an Instagram account would be familiar with.

I’m a Strong, Fit Yoga Teacher—And I Still Get Insecure About My Belly

How we can all recognize our bodies for the awesomeness they are.

Body-Positivity Advocate Jessamyn Stanley: Yoga Isn’t Just for “One Type of Person”

Right now, yoga is “marketed toward thin, white, affluent people. That’s such a small percentage of who exists, and it’s not the group of people who need yoga the most,” says Stanley.

Misty Copeland, Offstage

American Ballet Theatre’s first black principal dancer shares her life story with students.

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.

10 Steps to a Positive Body Image

One list cannot automatically tell you how to turn negative body thoughts into positive body image, but it can introduce you to healthier ways of looking at yourself and your body.

53 Body Positive Influencers You Should Follow

These body-positive influencers lead by example and want to help you become more confident in your own skin, too.

Model Iskra Lawrence on Why You Should “Call Out the Haters”

To celebrate Straight/Curve, a new documentary about female body image, the New York model opens up what it will take to accept—and love—your own body.

No More Mr Muscle: The Activists Championing Body Confidence for Men

Body image issues are rising fast among men. But positivity campaigners are raising the profile of men of all shapes and sizes

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