The body positive movement has been around in some form or another since the Victorian era, but there has been a major resurgence thanks to social media. This movement is the pushback against women (and men) basing their self-worth on their appearance and encourages loving and accepting their bodies. I absolutely love this concept…but I do have one gripe about it.
My eating disorder was multi-layered, but a crucial component was perfectionism. I easily felt victim to black-and-white thinking where I either failed or succeeded1 and there was no in between. The phrase “body positive” implies that a person needs to be confident in their body. The disordered part of my brain interpreted this by thinking of anything less than 100% positive as failure. Luckily the rational part of my brain came to the rescue and reminded me that it’s okay to not love my body 100% of the time. I am human and so being positive every second of the day is like saying that I can be constantly happy. It’s just not possible or realistic.
The body positive movement has an overall good message and this flaw is something that wouldn’t even bother most people, but there are those out there who have brains that work like mine. Since I know I have this tendency, I have a goal of working towards a positive way of thinking rather than having it be the only option. And if I find myself more in a body-neutral area, I think back to all of my negative body thoughts and realize that I’m still ahead of the game.
What are your thoughts about the body positive movement? Please share in the comment section below.
1Did you notice that I put “failed” before “succeeded”. I think that’s telling and is something I need to reflect on.
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