We hear more and more about it: this term was invented in 2010 by a group of oversize women who defended their appearance on social media, using the hashtag #BodyPositivity. As years went by, the Body Positivity turned into an actual movement that promotes a positive approach for all those who do not come under the standards of “normality” dictated by the media.
The more and more artificial and unattainable beauty standards are quickly internalized and undermine self-confidence about physical appearance, affecting mental health, and sometimes in a debilitating way.
Liam Preston, communication manager of the group YMCA and author of the BeReal campaign has confirmed it. He explained that “if someone isn’t self-confident regarding their body, they have a tendency to not go to job interviews, are less likely to get married and feel less like going on holiday. It’s fact: 52% of young people worry about their physical appearance and up to 30% have a tendency to self-isolate and not carry out specific activities because they feel inadequate”.
In a way, Body Positivity is the direct consequence of Body Shaming, the worrying tendency of judging and publicly criticizing someone else based solely on their physical appearance. Body Positivity tries to transform this negative language into acts of self-love and self-care.
Among American teenagers, over 90% of girls and 60% of boys have been victims of this social plague at least once. That’s why the Body Positive influencers, beside working through the social media channels, cooperate closely with schools for self-confidence and acceptance of one’s own appearance to become real skills to develop and train.
What if the secret wasn’t to accept our body, but to not think about it at all?
Over the last five years, in parallel with Body Positivity, a new approach has been developed: Body Neutrality. This advanced approach suggests we give up any kind of physical consideration and we focus solely on the functions of our body and on what we can do for it to be healthy and balanced. Ultimately, it suggests we work on our mind.