Body positivity refers to the assertion that all people deserve to have a positive body image, regardless of how society and popular culture view ideal shape, size, and appearance. Feelings, thoughts, and behaviours related to body image can have a major impact on one’s mental health. Keeping this thought in mind, life skills sessions on ‘Body Positivity’ were conducted for the students of classes VI-VIII of K.R. Mangalam World School, G.K-II . The aim of the session was to encourage an acceptance of self and others with regard to body size and appearance.
The session began with a video on different body shapes and sizes. The meaning of body image was explained to them. A worksheet was also shown to them with few statements that helped them to understand their attitudes, thoughts and feelings about their body. Students praised their body and they also spoke about the things they were grateful for.
The video and worksheet made the students understand that worrying about body image is a natural part of growing up but no matter what the shape or size of the body is, everyone is unique and beautiful.