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.
Some of the goals of body positivity include:
- challenging how society views the body
- Promoting the acceptance of all bodies
- Helping people build confidence and acceptance of their bodies
- Addressing unrealistic body standards
In today’s day and time, people promote body positivity all over social media.
But, the only chess or positivity in social media is known as “toxic positivity”.
What is toxic positivity?
Toxic positivity refers to the idea of focusing only on the positive aspects of life while rejecting or dismissing negative emotions, which are a part of our human nature.
Social media and the body positivity Movement can put some pressure on people by telling them that we should feel good about their bodies all the time regardless of their state of health. We should learn to love ourselves at our own pace, and not be empowered by something we see on social media. It is valid to not feel great about ourselves and be uncomfortable or unsatisfied. Even though a person has a lot of confidence and high self-esteem, it’s completely okay for them to go back as a whole.
Going back to the term “body positivity” this movement is based on the fact that all bodies are beautiful. But, If a body is obese or svelte- it has a direct relation to the lifestyle that person leads. Those who support this movement say that a body must be accepted regardless of its condition. Something such as race and height of a person cannot be changed, so in that terms, we must love and accept who we are. But, why should we accept q body type that may not be healthy? Why not change something that can be changed?
Being obese or losing weight recklessly is not right nor healthy, or think that just because you are slim you are automatically healthy. Because of social pressure, men and women suffer from body distortion. While women suffer from anorexia, men suffer from bigorexia (it makes the person look weak, while they aspire to have a perfect, strong and muscular physique) body positivity must have worked wonders for some men and women, but it isn’t for everyone. When obesity coexists, it’s not as simple as “learning to embrace your body” but it is rather learning to love the process. You can learn to love yourself while seeking some change for the sake of your health.
Because of the social pressure and the unrealistic standards of a body, many people feel discontent about their selves with directly affects a person’s mental health and physical health.
Diseases such as anorexia, bulimia, morbid obesity, anxiety among others are clear example. Thus, strong messages and movements are overall positive for a collective purpose, but it is important to create awareness about how it is important to seek professional help for a particular case. Every person has a different story and different struggles to overcome.