1 It’s good for your health. Dieting is bad for you. 95-98% of diets fail. Most people gain back all the weight they lost (sometimes more than that!) within 5 years. [Source] Diets also take a huge toll on your self-esteem. Dieting is not worth it.
2 The Golden Rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Don’t shame others’ bodies. Instead, focus on the beauty you see in them– and yourself. Make the world a more positive place.
3 No more guilt about what you eat. Have you ever thought “I need to lose weight, so I’ll skip dessert”? Forget that. If you love your body, you’ll stop thinking like that and start paying attention to your body’s wants and needs. You’ll be emotionally and physically healthier that way. Plus, you’ll actually enjoy your food.
4 The (fashion) world is your oyster. You know those magazine articles about “dressing for your shape”? Forget them. Fuck flattering. Wear what you like. Wear what makes you feel fabulous.
5 You can tell absolutely nothing about a person from their size (well, other than their size, and who cares about that?!). Ragen Chastain puts it best: “Weight is not a barometer by which to judge someone’s health, intelligence, employment worthiness, or anything else”. Source. Don’t waste your energy searching for secrets held by their size – you won’t find any.
Rebecca Esther is a Canadian freelance writer and mental health expert who knows few things are more important than a huge dose of self-love. She loves Gone With the Wind, vintage handbags and cucumbers with black pepper. She blogs at FashionBeautyBodyImage.com.
Image: Gorgeous Body Positive Burlesque Dancer, Miss Dirty Martini [Source].