I recently wrote about fitness influencers on Instagram and the positive and negative affects they can have on our lives.
I thought it might be interesting to look at another side of body image on instagram: The Body Positive Movement or #bopo.
The movement creates a space for everyday people of all shapes, sizes, abilities, genders and ethnicities to accept their bodies.
“Body positivity is more than weight acceptance, though. It is about accepting one’s body as it is, regardless of what is deemed socially acceptable or beautiful: from the external like acne, body hair, cellulite and stretch marks, to the more complex like physical disabilities or disorders.”
Many vocal activists use Instagram to speak out against unrealistic body expectations, eating disorders, body dysmorphia and diet culture.
Utilising the visual platform, they showcase the body in all forms. By making visible what was once invisible, #bopo challenges preconceived notions of what is normal and acceptable.
In a platform which has been linked to decreased body acceptance, this can only benefit the users in avoiding negative body image on social media and spread a message of greater acceptance and self-love.
Check out this short video where I discuss further how to reduce negative body perceptions and emotions when using social media:
What are your thoughts on The Body Positivity Movement on Instagram? Did you find any of the tips from the video helpful? I’d love to hear from you. Comment below ↓