I’ve noticed that a post from a couple of weeks ago brought up some questions about the definition of body/size/fat acceptance. Many categorize EAC as a fat acceptance blog but we like to use the term body acceptance. This is mostly because the word body implies that we want to encourage women of ALL sizes to accept what their bodies were meant to look like (without excluding any body types). EAC seeks to encourage all women to love their bodies, no matter what they look like and that includes fat, thin and anything in between.
I grew up thin and even though I’m a little curvier than I was when I was a teenager, I am still relatively thin. But despite having a body that is closer to the media/societal ideal, I have struggled with body acceptance (before I knew what to call it) my whole life.
The Fatospere was the first community I found that accepted people of all sizes, condemning over-exercising and not adhering to under-eating and constant dieting. So many others say they are for positive body image and then have a “how I lost 20 pounds and kept it off” article somewhere in their archives. To me, that’s not true body acceptance.
True body acceptance is:
Not feeling like you have to go to extremes to change your body to fit an ideal.
Not starving yourself (hiding under the guise of dieting) just to fit into a small(er) pants size.
Not killing yourself at the gym so that you can get a smaller number on your scale.
Accepting the fact that your body was meant to look a certain way, and not forcing it to change into something else that you think looks better (looks better according to who anyway)?
Learning to feel comfortable in your own skin even if you are not at your ideal weight (cause even if you get there, that’s not where true self-esteem comes from anyway, SEE Weight Loss Fantasy).
Eating and enjoying food without feeling guilty (SEE Cheeseburger Rule #17).
Realizing that incessant calorie counting won’t bring you happiness.
Loving each curve of your body because its what makes you who you are.
Those are just a few things that body acceptance means to me. What about you? I guess at the end of the day, no matter how you see this blog and how you define it, if you keep coming back, you are that much closer to accepting you for you, and that makes us happy.☺
Ps. There is an awesome post at Fatadelic that defines body/size/fat acceptance really well. Check it out.