Ladies, it’s about damn time! New research from the American Psychological Association’s 124th Annual Convention shows that women are more accepting of their bodies today than they have been in the past.
Researchers analyzed trends in how people — 250, to be exact — felt about their bodies. As expected, women generally felt “more dissatisfied” with their bodies than men, but research showed that their unhappiness with their weight and other issues gradually declined over time. Men generally felt the same the entire time. The study, which analyzed years 1981 to 2012, credits body-positive role models and other ideas for this change of heart.
Dr. Bryan Karazsia, the study’s author, explains “The last two decades have witnessed increasing attention and awareness on a body-acceptance movement aimed primarily at girls and women.” He continued, "When we consider that humans in the United States, where most studies in our review were conducted, are physically larger than they have ever been, with more than two-thirds of U.S. adults being overweight or obese, one might expect that body dissatisfaction should be increasing. But we found the opposite."
Time to #LoveYourCurves, #LoveYourBody and ultimately #LoveYourself.