The body positivity movement has gained some serious steam over the past decade. According to a research 2021 by the American Psychological Association, American women's (and men's) dissatisfaction with the skin they're in began to decline in the early 2000s, following an unfortunate peak in the 1990s.
Popular media outlets and many marketing campaigns have adapted to this trend — though not necessarily, as many have pointed out, for the better .But what, exactly, does it mean to be body positive? And does trying to market the concept miss — if not distort — the point?
what is Body-positivity to you : Lets see definitions from plus size Ambassadors
How do you define body positivity?
Mallorie Dunn: To me, body positivity means accepting the body you have as well as the changes in shape, size, and ability it may undergo due to nature, age, or your own personal choices throughout your lifetime. It's the understanding that your worth and what's going on with you physically are two separate entities — that no matter what's happening inside, outside, or to your body, you're still just as worthwhile as the person next to you.
Kaila Prins: I like to think that body positivity's intention is really body acceptance. The idea that you can live comfortably in your body, as it is right now, or work on treating it right through nourishment and joyful movement and self care without punishing yourself for looking the way you do..
What are the most common misconceptions about body positivity?
Mallorie Dunn: One major misconception about body positivity is that it involves feeling incredible in your skin every moment of every day. But body positivity isn't about forcing yourself to feel beautiful and wonderful 24/7. You don't have to adore every aspect of your appearance to be body positive; you just have to divorce that appearance (and your feelings about it) from how you evaluate your worth as a person: You're not a worse human on a day that you happen to feel ugly or insecure. You don't deserve any less because you don't fit into a particular size. What you look like should not have any bearing on your decision to be kind to, and love, yourself and others.
Another misconception is the assumption that championing body positivity equates to telling people to be unhealthy or to stop taking care of themselves. On the one hand, that’s NOT what it’s doing; it’s telling you to be okay with yourself — there’s ample research that if you hate yourself you're not going to take care of yourself; studies show you have to care about yourself in order to take charge of your health and wellbeing. On the other hand, other peoples' health is nobody's business but their own. If someone is being unhealthy in a way you deem inappropriate, that’s not your concern; it’s their body - it's called autonomy. This misunderstanding stems from a deeper societal issue of fatphobia — and people's inability to own their discomfort with and prejudice against those who are larger in size.
Kaila Prins: A common misconception is that body positivity is about "letting yourself go," or sitting on the couch eating junk food all day and not caring. That is an enormous (and nonsensical) leap from trying not to hate yourself or making the effort to stop forcing yourself to fit into an impossible cultural standard. The idea that a body is "let go" simply because it's not being weight-suppressed and beaten into submission and creamed and Botoxed and tightened and toned is semantically wrong.