The term “body positivity” gets thrown around a lot these days—but what does it mean when you have psoriasis? Many people mistakenly believe that body positivity focuses only on weight, but the term has come to encompass a much broader message: All people have the right to feel happy and confident in their own skin, regardless of prevailing attitudes about what is and is not beautiful. In other words, you can love your body—plaques, pustules, and all. When we embrace body positivity, we not only push society toward a place where differences are celebrated, we sow the seeds of our own self-confidence.
1. Explore What Body Positivity Means to You
The first step toward embracing body positivity in our own lives is to understand the movement. Try searching #bodypositivity on Instagram, for example. You’ll find that the body-positivity movement is incredibly inclusive. In addition to a plethora of body shapes, sizes, and colors, you’ll see photos showing a variety of skin conditions, mobility challenges, scars, and other so-called “imperfections.”
According to Patricia Celan, M.D., a psychiatry resident at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, Canada, “Body positivity involves reflecting on and challenging extreme beauty standards, accepting all bodies, regardless of their variations, and finding the confidence to love one's own body unconditionally.”