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Research on positive body image has increased significantly recently, making this as an important time to create a volume that summarizes and reflects on this work. The aim of this book is to provide an overview of the existing research on positive body image. In the volume, we include related topics such as positive health behaviors and body image interventions. Leading researchers in the field synthesize existing evidence and offer future directions for the field as well as make recommendations for clinical practice.
Past interventions have focused on reducing body dissatisfaction, yet few have examined ways to help individuals move beyond merely ‘settling’ for their body and towards actively embracing it. This chapter begins with a brief discussion of the current literature on positive body image. We then review previously tested individual-level strategies (e.g., strategies that individuals can implement on their own) aimed at enhancing positive body image. Three main categories of strategies are discussed: writing-based strategies, exercise-based strategies, and online tools designed to increase positive body image. We then provide an overview of the correlates of positive body image and provide suggestions for future individual-level positive body image enhancement strategies that draw upon these correlates. Finally, we present a number of general recommendations regarding potential individual-level strategies aimed at both decreasing body dissatisfaction and enhancing positive body image.
What would it be like to feel good about your body? Does anyone really fully appreciate their body? If diverse body shapes and sizes were shown in the media, would this change your perception? While this book addresses all of these questions and more, it is not simply a standard scientific exploration of poor body image. Instead, it examines a new movement focused on understanding what it is that leads people to love, appreciate, take care of, and embrace their bodies. Featuring chapters written by leading, international experts in the science and practice of body image, Body Positive is a provocative and engaging look at how we feel about our physical selves in the twenty-first century - and how we can all come to feel better than we currently do.
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