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Body Acceptance

Why I Won't Apologize for My Body Image

Schnelle Acevedo | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Schnelle Acevedo

Newsflash: beautiful women come in all shapes and sizes. So in 2016, join me as I celebrate every single curve and every single muscle. I'm dedicating this year to celebrating who we are, where we are right in this moment.

Waking Up Sick

Brandon Nappi | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living
Brandon Nappi

My first impulse is resistance. I'll simply pretend that the icy pulsing around the envelope of my stomach is not happening. It's 1:48 a.m. Maybe I...

What About When You Can't Always Be Body Positive?

Joni Edelman | Posted 12.04.2015 | Women
Joni Edelman

You can just decide that beauty isn't important. And when you do, it's OK that some days you just cannot be positive. Some days you can just live in your body and give yourself space to be not ok at all. It's completely ok to look in the mirror and be sad that your stomach is a curtain for your pubic hair.

This Uplifting Campaign Celebrates All Our 'Imperfections'

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Style

Bodies come in all kinds of shapes, colors and sizes. Every so often, we all need a reminder that no matter where ours falls on the scale, or what it'...

The Message All Fat Women Deserve To Hear

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 10.22.2015 | Women

"This is for all the people who have spent their entire life feeling horrible about their bodies." That's how writer and activist Jes Baker introduces...

Why I Still Struggle With Accepting My Body

Avelist | Posted 10.05.2015 | Women

My personal relationships are great, I'm doing alright professionally, I live in a great city, I'm getting married soon. Things are not bad. It's a new feeling, this one I'm feeling, and I'm pretty sure it's something close to peace, but not quite. I still struggle with accepting my body, but not in the same way I used to.

I Can't Accept the 300-Pound Body I Once Lived In

Naomi Teeter | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Naomi Teeter

I can't accept the plus-size body I was living in because it was a diseased and uncomfortable vessel. It has less to do with my looks and more to do with the quality of life. Not accepting my 300-pound body didn't mean I was a bad person or that I hated my body--it just meant my body needed to change.

Why I Chose to Keep My Loose Skin After Weight Loss

Naomi Teeter | Posted 09.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Naomi Teeter

Eventually, I realized that if I had skin removal surgery, it would have ONLY been for the sake of vanity. My extra skin did not hold me back from enjoying any bit of my life.

Sweet Dreams, Mama Cass

Julie Gray | Posted 09.22.2015 | Women
Julie Gray

That voice - that rich, sultry, gorgeous voice was the soundtrack of my childhood. I used to gaze at The Mamas and the Papas album covers with fascination, flipping them front to back, reading every word.

Versions of Me: Learning to Love Who I Have Become

Lisa M. Van Wormer | Posted 09.08.2015 | Women
Lisa M. Van Wormer

I know I will never be these versions of me again -- the soldier, the athlete, the new mom. But there is still some room in the back of the closet saved for my magic pants eventual retirement.

Why I Stopped Dieting And Couldn't Be Happier

Ravishly | Posted 09.08.2015 | Healthy Living

I went on my first self-imposed diet at age 13. I was average in size and body shape, but I wanted to be skinny. The kind of skinny people commented upon; the kind of skinny that, in my mind, would make me special.

Topless Women Fight For The Right To Be Topless

Andy Golub | Posted 08.28.2015 | Weird News
Andy Golub

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5 Ways to Make Peace With Your Body

Jennifer Rollin | Posted 08.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rollin

As a mental health therapist and individual who has learned how to accept and appreciate my own body, the following are my tips for working towards body peace.

How Dancing Changed The Way I See My Body

Unwritten | Posted 08.17.2015 | Women

Originally published on Unwritten by Sara Heath. I wonder if other girls remember the day they got fat, because yes, in a time where body image is so...

Veronica Pooh Nash Poleate: Feminist Icon

Julie Gray | Posted 08.13.2015 | Women
Julie Gray

Veronica is a woman speaking truth to power in a way that homegrown and sincere. She simply is who she is, without an agenda. Imagine that.

Inside Out: A Response To How Pixar Misses The Mark

Joni Edelman | Posted 07.27.2015 | Parents
Joni Edelman

I am a fat woman. I spent 20 years of my adulthood agonizing over my body in an exhausting attempt to make it equal to what I had been told, and shown, was beautiful. I want the fat women I love and the thin women I love and my children to be able to see worth beyond the physical.

This Awesome Magazine Cover Proves That 'Anyone Can Run' | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Runners aren't a one-size-fits-all kind of group -- you could weigh 110 pounds or 310 pounds and still call yourself a runner -- but people often have trouble labeling themselves as such if they feel like they don't fit the typical mold. You know, the kind of ropy, wiry mold you often see on the covers of running magazines.

If You Can't Accept Your Body Now, Then When?

Jen Picicci | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Jen Picicci

Now I dig my body, even though I still have big calves and stretch marks and a not-flat stomach and a kind of cottage-cheesy butt. My body didn't change-my belief about my body did.

A Tale Of 10 Tummies

Joni Edelman | Posted 09.23.2015 | Women
Joni Edelman

We assume a lot about people, and especially about their bodies. Maybe it somehow seems more reasonable to make assumptions about the things we can see. These women are my friends, my village, and they are willing to share their stories with you so that you may honor them.

A Year After Having A Baby, I Love My Body More Than Ever

Jen Picicci | Posted 05.27.2015 | Parents
Jen Picicci

Before I got pregnant, I spent more than a decade dieting, picking apart my every flaw and obsessing over my jean size. But now, as my daughter celebrates her first birthday, I'm happier than ever with my body. Yes, even the stretch marks.

The Not-So-Sexy Origins of Body Shame

Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant | Posted 05.04.2015 | Women
Hilary Kinavey & Dana Sturtevant

Permission to love our bodies at any shape or size isn't coming from the culture any time soon. The patriarchy has far too much to lose if women stop the preoccupation with the thin ideal; so do the diet and fitness industries.

'I Want My Outside To Reflect How Colorful I Feel On The Inside'

The Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 04.14.2015 | Style

We're consistently in awe of's "What’s Underneath Project" -- the riveting video series that captures style stars and notable creativ...

How Burlesque Helped Me Love My Body -- And All Bodies

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 04.07.2015 | Women

"We are on the edge of a brave new world of body love and acceptance." That's the good news burlesque performer Lillian Bustle shared in her TEDxJe...

In My Perfect World

Laverne H. Bardy | Posted 04.20.2015 | Fifty
Laverne H. Bardy

"I don't mean to sound ungrateful, God, but I've been thinking about what we discussed, and I realize rather than returning slim, I'd like is to come back overweight."

The Idea Of The 'Perfect Body' Hurts Men, Too

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | Posted 02.04.2015 | Women

"I'm tired of hearing people analyse -- criticize -- appraise -- and hate on my body." That's what men participating in a new BuzzFeed video, "Thin...