Meet the voices behind the movement.
This year I’m introducing you to new voices for a very personal view on why we need Body Kindness.
Leslie – Growing Self Compassion and Happiness
“It’s so common to be at war with your body that people just think it’s normal.” Learn how Leslie struggled with Body Kindness and why her courage to grow self-compassion and self-acceptance led her to better health and happiness. Plus she shares why it’s a problem that weight equates to health in our culture and how she’s trying to break the cycle of body shame for her daughter and all our children.
Kate – Challenging that Negative Voice
This #BodyKindness full length story video features an amazing friend, mom, and former client Kate Dart Volzer. Kate is an example of how you can create a better life when you put in the effort and keep going toward happiness. I know Kate takes great pride and comfort in knowing her story resonates with others. THANK YOU KATE for being a brave badass every step of the way — including doing this video.
More stories will be released soon, but until then here’s a full video with their collective voices.
If this video speaks to you, share it. Let others know how you feel and why it matters to you.
I care deeply about each and every one of these people who agreed to talk on camera with filmmaker Kerith Lemon. I was not there for the taping, but I watched every second of film – about 11 hours!
What amazed me the most was that despite the differences among the group – age, race, gender, weight, and life experiences – they shared sentiments about how difficult it can be to love and respect your body in a culture that constantly says you should be striving to lose weight.
In fact, the more video I watched the more I realized they were saying the same things. Look for more to come from this group in 2017 around the topics of family, size diversity, and enjoying a happy, healthy life.
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Why We Need Body Kindness
I think the videos say it all, but a few stats never hurt. Here are five mind-blowing stats that just begin to scratch the surface.
- 97% of women will tell themselves at least “I hate my body” comment each day.
- Calorie restriction linked to decreased metabolic rate, loss of lean body mass, decreased sexual interest, and changes in brain chemistry that lead to intense food cravings, and many other not-so-sexy side effects.
- 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders.
- 80% of all 10 year olds afraid of being fat.
- 69% of elementary school girls say magazine images influence their concept of ideal body shape.
Read More Studies
If you’re a researchy, sciency type – good! (Me too) Check out the research compilation at Dietitians for Body Confidence (#RD4BC), a free website and bi-monthly e-mail I co-founded with my good friend (and original Body Kindness voice in my videos and book) Leslie Schilling.
Watch More Videos
Check out my Body Kindness playlist for YouTube.