Respect Your Body

Negative thoughts and feelings about one’s body are defined as body dissatisfaction, which is considered to be the most important global measure of stress related to the body
 (Quittkat, Hartmann, 2019)



Holding positive attitudes toward, and valuing the body is respecting your body

Positive body image

Positive body image is defined as individuals' ability to conceptualize their bodies with love, respect, and appreciation (Tylka & Wood-Barcalow, 2015b)

WAYS TO PRACTICE RESPECTING OUR BODIES

- accepting
- holding positive attitudes: focusing on the positive aspects
-valuing: reminding ourselves and being thankful for having a functioning and healthy bodies

BENEFITS OF THESE PRACTICES:
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higher body appreciation predicts lower restrictive eating patterns, which leads us to be able to eat intuitively. Those who eat intuitively do not obsess over food and don't conceptualize foods into “good” or “bad” categories. They eat foods that they enjoy while still making sure that their body is well-nourished, rely on their hunger signals to tell them when and how much to eat, and respect their satiety signals by not eating when they are comfortably full 
( Linardon, 2021)