40 Body Positive Quotes to Inspire Everyone to Stick It to Diet Culture in the New Year

40 Body Positive Quotes to Inspire Everyone to Stick It to Diet Culture in the New Year
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New year, new diet -- at least, that's how the thinking seems to go for most people. In the days leading up to New Year's Eve, it's typical for people to make resolutions for the coming year about how much better, smarter, and stronger they're going to be. And for a lot of people, those resolutions include promises that have to do with dieting, calorie counting, and weight loss. Society often tells us that regardless of body size, almost everyone could stand to lose weight, "tone" up, or get more lean. But what if we all decided to stop thinking of bodies as constantly needing to change? What if this year, more people decided to focus on loving themselves instead?

Diet culture has helped to create a society in which everyone but a select few are shamed for their bodies. A 2014 Gallup poll showed that close to half of all US adults say they are preoccupied with their weight some or all of the time. But in a groundbreaking investigation of the science surrounding obesity that appeared in the HuffPost earlier in 2018, journalist Michael Hobbes found that since 1959, research has shown that 95 to 98 percent of all attempts to lose weight fail.

If dieting is the answer to all of our problems, then why do we have to keep starting a new diet every January? That's the question just one of these body positive and anti-diet culture memes asks, and it's one worth considering. There is nothing wrong with exercising, eating healthy, or anything else that makes people feel like their best selves. But there is something wrong with society constantly telling us we aren't enough. In 2019, I'm saying "f*ck that noise." And these 40 body positive quotes might just inspire others to do the same.

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