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Can you be body-positive and want to lose weight?

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  • Yes. I practice body positivity in that I accept (and appreciate) people's bodies and shapes, as well as mine. I also practice it in a way that I accept we all can be body positive while working on improving our bodies for health and for what we aspire to be--not for others, but for us and only ourselves.

  • What do we seek when encountering a dead end life? Exercise!

  • I think that when we are living with issues that we can’t control ourselves we think of making a change. For many people it is not as easy to simply jump from job to job. When we think of self-improvement I think we aim for what changes we can tackle in ourselves and the easiest one is physical. When

    I think that when we are living with issues that we can’t control ourselves we think of making a change. For many people it is not as easy to simply jump from job to job. When we think of self-improvement I think we aim for what changes we can tackle in ourselves and the easiest one is physical. When you challenge yourself to do something and start seeing results, and achieve it gives us a sense of triumph. Happiness starts with yourself, and the better you feel about yourself the more motivation you will have to change other areas in your life. I don’t believe it has all to do with being body positive, but more about finding a starting point. We can’t control our bosses, friends, opinions, but we can control our bodies. We control what we eat, how active we are, what habits we adopt and when you turn yourself from a negative to a positive, everything else seems to fall into place. I believe people can be and many are happy with who they are physically, but meh not feel the same. Our bodies were t meant to be obese. Our ancestors weren’t obese, they were hunters, gatherers, fighters, and had a good diet without planning it. Some ppl are born with genetic abnormalities that cause them to be over weight but that’s why it’s called a genetic issue. Our society doesn’t help by negatively judging and shaming fat, but that doesn’t mean it is wrong to be over weight and want to slim down. To me the question is a little insulting and hypocritical, over weight people get shamed for being fat and then are also forced to feel guilty for wanting to be the opposite of what they’re getting made fun of. Do you really love yourself if you want to change yourself? Of course you do! It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to be a better version of you! Your physical does not define who you are, so you can change your weight, hair, nose, anything! And you will still be the same person, simply in a different packaging. :)