General Information

Body Diversity Newfoundland and Labrador is dedicated to providing current and evidence-based information on promoting body diversity and a positive body image, as well as mental health and physical well-being. This website contains information for multiple target groups who all play a role in developing a body positive environment so that our community members can thrive.

We live in a society that promotes unrealistic and discriminatory ideals of what bodies should look like. This can also lead to weight bias and stigma, where people who are overweight or underweight, or whose bodies differ in any way what most people expect, may be subject to unfair treatment and judgments.  Body Diversity NL celebrates all bodies and all differences, including those based on factors such as size, shape, weight, height, colour, physical abilities, cultural expression, as well as differences based on gender diversity and intersex diversity.

FAQs

Is Body Diversity NL a not-for-profit organization?

Yes, the Body Diversity NL is a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting the value of body diversity and strives to support healthy minds and healthy bodies.

 

Why is a positive body image important?

When you feel good about your body, you are also more likely to take care of your body’s needs by providing it with adequate rest, nourishing food, enjoyable physical activity, and stress reducing activities. People with negative body image are at a higher risk for low self-esteem, anxiety, eating disorders and disordered eating, avoidance of physical activity, avoidance of social events, and other mental health challenges.

What role does self-esteem play in body image?

Self-esteem refers to how you value yourself as a person. Understanding your value and worth as a whole person can help counteract the pressure you feel to achieve the “ideal” body.

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