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Why does a fitness blog even care about body image? You can read about that here.
The Butterfly Foundation has expressed its concern over the different body challenges that have become viral in social media such as Instagram and Facebook. These include the collarbone challenge where users have to stack coins on the collarbone. The more coins are placed, the thinner the person is. The thigh gap challenge has the same principle, only that the bigger gap indicates a slimmer body.
According to Christine Morgan, its chief executive, these types of challenges can be a contributing factor to a distorted body image that would then push teens to eventually develop eating disorders and behavior
The Free The Nipple campaign is working hard to fight body shaming and show there’s nothing worse about a woman’s nipple than any of the following. Remember, when in doubt, err on the side of areola.
“Why should the world change for you? If you want to wear cute clothes, lose some weight!”
Photographer and mom of four Erin White was having a hard time breastfeeding when a creative project gave her the boost of confidence she needed.
Inspired by an image by Stephanie Karr Studios, her local breastfeeding community in Kaiserslautern, Germany wanted to create their own group nursing photo, and White volunteered to be the photographer. During the photo shoot, many women shared their stories about breastfeeding, body image, and loss. “There was so much wonderful energy between all the mamas and babies!” she told The Huffington Post.
Let’s all be kinder with our words and more generous with our praise. Let’s work on loving ourselves more so that we’re not threatened by those around us who love their own selves. Let’s encourage people of all genders around us to see the good in their bodies — to see the value. Let’s be honest about where we’re at and where we’ve been and where we’d like to go. Let’s keep these women in mind as a reminder to be more compassionate to others, but also to ourselves.