National Eating Disorder Awareness Week (#NEDAwareness) is February 22 – February 28, 2021. The goal of #NEDAwareness is to bring attention to eating disorders by educating the public, spreading a message of hope, and providing resources to those in need of support. Eating disorders are mental health conditions that consist of a preoccupation with food, weight, and body image. Beyond eating disorders, many people may also struggle with forms of disordered eating, body dysmorphia, or overall unhappiness regarding body image.
The body positivity movement is inspiring and full of worthwhile messaging and ideals. It emphasizes that all bodies are good bodies, and that everyone can and should like their body. However, it can be difficult to go from a state of hating, disliking, and/or working to change your body to then loving it unconditionally. That’s where body neutrality comes in as the perfect mediator.
So what’s body neutrality? Body neutrality is the idea that a person can simply exist without having to think about their body positively or negatively. You can have good body image days and bad ones while understanding that your body deserves respect.
Working towards body acceptance can be a long, but incredibly worthwhile, process. Here are fifteen tweets that have resonated with me during my own journey towards body neutrality:
For remembering that there’s more to life than just worrying your body: Because what we eat should have nothing to do with how we look:
Because there’s so much more to you worth celebrating:
Reminder: you can eat what you want!
And why can you eat whatever you want? Because food has no moral value!
A reminder that change is worth it (and possible).
You don’t need to stay in a body that wasn’t healthy for you, even if others unknowingly encouraged it. Your body is your own.
Your mental health comes first. Always.
Your journey with healing your relationship with food and your body is yours and no one elses!
Words we wish we could’ve heard sooner:
You are more than a number! It’s time to throw away the scale:
You are more than your appearance. Our bodies change with time and that’s alright, you don’t need to maintain any certain look to be loved and appreciated.
Body shaming hurts us all:
It can be scary to leave your eating disorder or struggles with body image behind, but it’s the first step in a life not spent fighting with your body.
When you begin working towards body acceptance, the energy you put into diet culture and conforming to unrealistic standards can be put into self-love instead.
If you or someone you know is struggling with an eating disorder, don’t hesitate to reach out for support. NEDA can provide help over text, call, or chat.