What is Body Positivity?

Having a positive body image is quite appealing and creates a confidence in all human beings. It feels good to stay positive to challenge how society views you, starting from your movements, body size and appearance. The main reason for this is to change people’s thinking, and behaviours towards specific products or services.

This article will explain more about body positivity and the importance of body confidence.

Society has a habit of judging the body size, disability movement and hindering racial justice. A body movement was created to construct a new image to society and that all people have to love themselves and fully accept all the physical traits of others.

History

Body positivity movement started in America by Lew Louderback in 1960 after fat people were shamed and criticized in public. The main objective for this movement was to correct and end fat-shaming among the people and restore self-confidence to those affected.

The movement showed light on the kind of discrimination faced by the people and all culture that surrounded that belief. Louderback’s contribution was an inspiration to many, thus resulting in the formation of the national association to advance the acceptance of fat people in society. 

Psychology

The concept of the body movement is mostly connected to psychology, as it involves all traits that help to dignify a person. This movement aims to encourage all people to accept and love themselves even if they are discriminated against.

The movement is a better tool of improving both mental and physical appearance by inducing a positive body image to people that if ignored, could result in health problems like depression and eating disorders.

Importance of Body Positivity

  • Helps in accepting and appreciating all unique aspects of everyone’s body
  • Helps to bring comfort as well as body confidence within everyone
  • Brings admiration of all body parts and features despite societal ideals

Criticism

Despite the creation of the body positive movement to include all body parts and type, still, there are critics that the movement has only emphasized on beliefs

Instead of promoting the beliefs itself like those of feminists, the idea of Louderback in normalizing and creating awareness of people growing fat made obese people not attend weight loss programs, thus undermining the government initiatives.

Women are the one targeted mainly by the body positive movement, because all social pressures and beauty are accustomed to them.even though men may face some social pressures like being muscular to fit in.

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