Your body positivity is still valid even if you have times when you struggle to apply it to yourself.
It can be hard to admit when you’re a body positive advocate because it sometimes feels like you’ll be disowned by the community, asked for your fat positivity card back.
But loving or even accepting your body can be difficult and it can take years to reach peace in your own skin. Think about it, if you’ve spent years hating your body, you’re not going to get over it overnight.
I liken this to championing mental health awareness while still struggling with it yourself. Whether you align yourself with the fat acceptance movement or body positive movement, it’s understandable that you’ll have days when you just don’t like what you see in the mirror.
I have days like that all the time. ALL. THE TIME. It’s horrible and I wish I didn’t have days like that. It’s something I hope to address in further posts.
Point being, I struggle with body image but that doesn’t stop me from supporting and championing bodies of all shapes, sizes and abilities.
I’ve seen articles and blog posts discussing whether you can be body positive but still want to lose weight – yes! Can you exercise and still be body positive? – Yes! Can you be skinny and still be body positive? – Of course! The whole point is to see ALL bodies in a positive light.
**It’s important to remember the distinction between the fat acceptance movement and the body positive movement it spawned. Fat acceptance is important to me and I align myself with both movements.**
But it can be hard to discuss the wobbles, the days where you feel down about your body for fear of triggering someone else’s body image issues. For fear of letting people down by admitting that we don’t always love our bodies.
I think it’s important that we share our struggles as well as our victories. Our journeys and our destinations. You have a voice, use it. You never know how many people feel the same way you do until you talk about it. And talking about our experiences brings us together.
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