There are a lot of messages out there about what an ideal body type is and is not. Some messaging promotes negative cultural biases against being overweight and the assumption that if someone is overweight, they may be labeled as out of control, lazy, or undisciplined. This message can be extremely harmful and lead to patterns of disordered eating, body preoccupation, and negative thoughts about oneself.
Health at Every Size is a movement that rejects these messages and supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being rather than weight loss. This movement celebrates body diversity, challenges cultural assumptions, and promotes compassionate self-care. There are some simple things you can do to improve your own body acceptance:
- Accept your size: love and appreciate the body that you have
- Trust yourself: learn to listen to your internal signals about when you are hungry or full
- Adopt healthy lifestyle habits: fulfill your social, emotional, and spiritual needs; find joy in moving your body, seek out pleasurable and satisfying foods, eat when hungry and stop when full, enjoy nutritious foods
- Embrace size diversity: people come in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, support others in recognizing their unique beauty