We’re big fans of body positivity. We’re also fans of MindBodyGreen, a lifestyle blog that offers tips on staying healthy in the mind, body, and spirit.
We ran into a MindBodyGreen blog recently called “6 Things I Know For Sure About Body Image & Health.” Its author, Kate Eckman, is a model-slash-Reiki Master-slash-motivational speaker. She has also survived skin cancer, attended University on a swimming scholarship, and is an all-around interesting person.
This year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition featured three cover girls with vastly different body types. After hearing the buzz surrounding the cover, Kate wrote about what she’s learned.
Read her first tip below, and check out the rest of the blog here.
1. Healthy looks and feels different on everyone.
Plus-size models range in size from 6 to 18. When I was a size 14, I booked a lot of modeling jobs, but I didn’t feel good about myself because the size my body was naturally most comfortable at was an 8/10. For me, being a 14 wasn’t healthy.
But I have size-14 friends who exercise, eat healthy, maintain a healthy BMI, and have bodies that are naturally meant to be that size.
To look at Ashley Graham and assume she’s out of shape and eats pizza every day because she’s a size 16 isn’t a fair assessment. Only Ashley knows what’s best for her, just as only you know what’s healthy for you.
One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to body types or health. You have to own and honor your own specific body type and make healthy decisions that are best for you.