You probably recognize these hashtags from social media. Often attached to pictures of men and women celebrating their unfiltered, un-Photoshopped bodies, they promote loving your figure and eschewing society's restrictive definition of what and who is considered beautiful.
Sounds great, right?
After being inundated every day with messages that we should eat less and exercise more in order to transform into the skeletal models or impossibly toned athletes we see in magazines and on television, it seems we could all benefit from a movement that promotes loving our bodies just the way they are.
But I have a bit of a bone to pick with the body positivity movement.
Why is body positivity not the answer? In essence, because we are so much more than our bodies.
You may be thinking, What’s her issue? What’s so wrong with loving my body? And I want to clarify by saying — absolutely nothing.
If you love your body, that's amazing and I couldn’t be more thrilled for you. But, at the same time, it’s just a body.