Body neutrality can mean different things to different people. But essentially, it’s about focusing on all the amazing things your body can do for you rather than what it actually looks like. For instance, think about how strong your arms and legs are, rather than their size. Most importantly, when you practise body neutrality, you won’t feel guilty or ashamed on the days when you don’t feel like loving any part of yourself.
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Not to be mistaken for body positivity, which encourages people to celebrate their bodies in every way, body neutrality means that you don’t have to love or hate your body. This concept asks you to think of your body as a temple that offers you much more than being judged on appearance alone.
Body neutrality has been getting lots of attention lately as more start to question whether body positivity can ironically lead to accidental body scrutiny, and create unnecessary pressure and anxiety. While the body positivity movement has good intentions, it’s not always all that realistic and attainable in a society where we receive so many mixed messages about what an “ideal” body should look like.
Body neutrality provides an opportunity for a middle ground — we don’t have to choose to love or hate our bodies. Supporters of the movement including Christy Chung’s 23-year-old daughter Yasmine Ross want us to recognise that our bodies are vehicles that, when treated with care and respect, can help us navigate life in a way that brings us happiness.
In May, Yasmine posted a photo of herself in lingerie on Instagram along with a caption about her journey toward body neutrality. “I’ve definitely gone through a love-hate relationship with my body, moments where I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin, times where I blame it for not functioning in the way I’d like it to, or even embarrassed for the way it presents itself,” Yasmine admitted. “(But) by feeding it nutritious meals, taking it out on walks, listening to its needs, (I’m able to) create a much more loving relationship with my body. And in turn, a beautiful sense of coming home.”
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