TOXIC BODY POSITIVITY

— What does that term mean?

It is the expectation that people should stay positive to themselves and others, regardless of the circumstance, and any negative energy should be silenced. It is a social trend that advocates for embracing all body types; gender, shape, physical abilities, skin tone, and body size.

Why is this a trend we should leave behind us: what’s the harm of it/why is it unrealistic for some people?

The trend is unacceptable because we need to be honest about our fitness levels, health, and ourselves. Is it a deal? Remember, most people are using this trend to give excuses that compromise healthy habits. The desire to change should be intrinsic- from internal motivation, and not being forced to practice healthy living. Let us be real here; if we accept the fact that people can be healthy at all sizes, where exactly are we heading? Do you know how risky it is for overweight people to suffer heart disease and stroke? What about the medical costs and quality of their life at that point? Well, relying on this trend may be helpful if it pushes you to increase your self-love. But I think when people accept that they are imperfect, it can pressure them to change. As a result, they will inspire curiosity and a natural desire their best possible version.

Nutritionist, Cornell University, MS

I believe that nutrition science is a wonderful helper both for the preventive improvement of health and adjunctive therapy in treatment. My goal is to help people improve their health and well-being without torturing themselves with unnecessary dietary restrictions. I am a supporter of a healthy lifestyle – I play sports, cycle, and swim in the lake all year round. With my work, I have been featured in Vice, Country Living, Harrods magazine, Daily Telegraph, Grazia, Women's Health, and other media outlets.

Mental health expert
MS, University of Latvia

I am deeply convinced that each patient needs a unique, individual approach. Therefore, I use different psychotherapy methods in my work. During my studies, I discovered an in-depth interest in people as a whole and the belief in the inseparability of mind and body, and the importance of emotional health in physical health. In my spare time, I enjoy reading (a big fan of thrillers) and going on hikes.

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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