It can be very hard to stay body positive when we live in a culture that bombards our Facebook pages, television shows, magazines, and other forms of media with fat shaming messages. Part of healing from an eating disorder or moving away from disordered eating and accepting one’s body means becoming more discriminating about the media that is consumed. If the majority of media you come in contact with is only promoting and portraying one body type, it can make it difficult to work on acceptance of your own body.
It can also be difficult to find media that fits the body positive bill because sometimes it can feel like that sort of media hardly exists, but there are plenty of great media resources that promote body acceptance and body positivity. These sites, shows, documentaries, and publications acknowledge that people can be healthy at any size and promote acceptance of all body types. Here is a list of some of my favorite body positive entertainment and media sources (ranked in no particular order).
This website, created by Zoe Deschanel, provides entertaining and feminist-friendly articles. I often come across great posts regarding body positivity and size diversity, as well as stories pertaining to recovery from an eating disorder or disordered eating. Check out the “Body Matters” tab under the “Hello Giggles Columns” to explore some inspiring and informative articles.
2. Ms. Magazine
There was a time when I subscribed to this magazine in paper form, but more recently, I follow the Ms. Magazine website on Facebook. The magazine was founded in 1971 and is all about feminism. The magazine focuses on current events and issues as they pertain to women. Articles vary in topics, with some pertaining to body image and issues regarding women in the media. This long-running magazine is sure to inspire and empower.
The first season of the HBO show Girls absolutely blew me away. This was the first time I had seen a woman whose body does not fit the media prescribed mold bear it all on television. The lead actress, Lena Dunham, has received plenty of backlash from people who feel uncomfortable with her body and her confidence with her body. This demonstrates how far we still need to go in the body positive movement, but Lena Dunham is doing some great work by showing others that all body shapes and sizes are beautiful. If you need a bit of inspirational confidence, check out the “Girls” series if you haven’t done so already!
There is nothing I enjoy more than seeing my Facebook feed bombarded with tons of body positive posts. This is exactly what you will get when you follow HuffPost Women on Facebook. Among other topics, there is almost always something related to body acceptance and challenging the standards that media sets for women. Check out this link below to get started exploring the body positive publications of HuffPost Women.
This Instagram account was created by the beautiful plus-size model, Tess Holiday. She’s a fabulous ginger who is doing tremendous work to spread the word of health at every size and body acceptance. Women of all shapes and sizes can use the hashtag, #effyourbeautystandards, to post a picture of themselves to the profile. This platform was recently used to help elicit some backlash to Oprah’s belief that only thin people can wear crop tops. It was pretty amazing to see women of all shapes and sizes come together to post pictures of themselves rocking their crop tops.
The purpose of Amy’s website is to provide healthy media content for girls. With all of the unhealthy media out there, we definitely could benefit from more sites like this one. Check out this link where Amy talks about the importance of body acceptance and how everyone is worthy of finding love.
The award winning documentary, “Miss Representation,” is one of my favorite resources for starting a dialogue about women in the media. I now follow the Miss Representation Facebook page, and the feed is filled with body positive videos and articles. This project is fighting a difficult fight against media and the way that women are portrayed. I highly recommend watching the documentary that started the movement. It helped me to take a closer look at how women are portrayed in media, and after watching this documentary, I try my best to support media that depicts women in a positive way.
This non-governmental organization founded in 2006 is a stellar resource for positive and inspirational pieces about body image. It was founded as a forum for women to challenge the misrepresentation of bodies in media. Following this organization on Facebook will fill your feed with tons of body positivity and diversity.