By now bikini weather season is in full swing. If you’re like most women in the Western world, this may be the time you’ll beat yourself up and develop body image issues as you obsess the teeniest tiniest bumps and lumps. You might be high-tailing it to the gym as often as possible, and a running monologue of abusive statements will be running in your head.
There’s a movement of acceptance gaining steam. It dates back some time, but “fat acceptance” is being heralded as the next wave in pop culture.
What if you could eat whatever you wanted, improve your physical and mental health, and stabilize your weight, all by behaving as if you had already reached your “goal weight.” everything from buying new clothes to changing careers. Regular exercise should be for fun, not for slimming.
Curves at every size.
Look no further than women like Adele, Oprah, Beyonce, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Hendricks, Salma Hayek, Fergie, Kate Winslet, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Hudson, or the super-hot fashion blogger 25-year-old Gabi Gregg of the blog GabiFresh.com–ladies, curves are simpler blistering hot these days.
Embracing your curves, may also mean being more healthy. As recent medical studies suggest that little extra fat may not be such a bad thing. A 12-year Canadian analysis in Obesity journal confirmed that being overweight “appears to be protective against mortality,” while being too thin, correlates with a higher death risk. Other recent studies have linked weight “yo-yo dieting” to actually gaining weight.
Some are taking their “fat acceptance” to a position akin to a political stance and signing the pledge, “Health at Every Size.” Founded by Linda Bacon, author of the book by the same name, the pledge registry is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being (rather than weight control).
Health at Every Size encourages:
- Accepting and respecting the natural diversity of body sizes and shapes.
- Eating in a flexible manner that values pleasure and honors internal cues of hunger, satiety, and appetite.
- Finding the joy in moving one’s body and becoming more physically vital.
Just for good measure, we’ve included a visual excerpt of Bacon’s book–to push the point home this holiday season:More Like This: Beauty & Style