Teachers Promote Body Positivity

“We ‘value’ ourselves through what we see. We compare ourselves with those who are perceived as beautiful.” Says Ms. Solís, an admired teacher in the high school community.

 “I try to tell my kids to only talk about themselves positively, to build themselves up rather than bring themselves down,” She adds.

Body positivity has increased in popularity rapidly within the last year. Brands like Banana Republic and forever 21 are capitalizing on plus size clothing while also giving plus size models the opportunity be portrayed as sensual and beautiful just as a size two normally would be.  Many would even consider it a trend today. There is no doubt that the recent acceptance of one anothers’ bodies is a exceptional step towards overall positivity, but has the body positivity movement reached areas where it is needed most?

Teenagers in high school are extremely susceptible to society’s expectations. Having confidence in oneself  can be difficult to find for some teens. Role models that promote self love within the high school community are important to leading teens down the path to body positivity. Heritage works every day to create obvious positive surroundings for their students. Positive body image may not be as obvious and spoken about but many leaders within the school deserve a special thanks for guiding students towards loving themselves and one another.

“I think we have some amazing positive role models, especially female ones. They are people who exude confidence and who help build up those around them. Emily Libbey, Lisa Melton, Amanda Glerup, BeckyMoody… I could go on and on. Strong, amazing women,” says Solis.

Even with the recent welcome of different body types in social media and in the modeling industry many agree that society is to blame for much of blatant scrutinization of  one another’s natural bodies. Surrounding oneself with the curated, impossible idea of the “prefect body” is toxic to many teens attempting to find respect for their own bodies.  

“We are a media obsessed culture- everywhere you turn there are images of the ‘perfect body’ , or ‘perfect face’, Says Emily Libbey, another respected activist at Heritage, “It is a message that comes at us from all directions. Physical beauty is an attribute that is very promoted in our society- it’s hard to shake the idea that it is really important”

Body positivity is not personal goal, it is one that must be considered together.

“How about we try to say something positive to the people around us every day? I like compliments! Don’t we all,” Solis noted.

It is time now that the student body moves onward together, and jumps in the body positivity movement.

“Lets agree to look deeper than appearances to find people’s true strength and beauty,” urged Libbey.

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