BodyPositive® Boosting body image at any weight

Home Ring Portal

How It's Different
HAES Tenets
Weight Neutrality
Dieting Detox
Ex as a Foreign Language
Emot'l Immune System
The Art of Change

What’s different about BodyPositive?

  • Changing the motivation for change from weight loss to quality of life
    • Replacing the "will power" model with "inner parenting"
    • Making only those changes you can live with forever
    • Facing the limitations on our capacity to control weight
    • Ending the strangely addictive, unproductive cycles of dieting, weight loss and re-gain
    • Freeing energy and time for the more important projects of life

  • Addressing the body blame underlying many different difficulties
  • Building skills that are useful for life and lifetimes
    • Learning to defend yourself in a stigmatizing world
    • Creating multiple ways to soothe, stimulate, nourish and rest your body
    • Experiencing body competence, problem-solving and mastery
    • "Getting back on the horse" in taking care of yourself, when life bumps you off

  • Studying EXERCISE as a Foreign Language
    • Naming and cultivating the "hunger to move"
    • Discovering personal preferences for different characteristics of activity
    • Building an athletic identity
    • Taking the time to become "fluent" (years!)
    • Integrating physical activity into life, for life

  • BodyPositive Inspired Eating
  • Incorporating decades of research about how people really change and what’s healthiest for real bodies
    • Cultivating a realistic sense of progress: thinking about making a change "counts," relapse is normal, pleasure and mastery are lasting motivators
    • Getting more support in the beginning when change is unfamiliar
    • Incorporating the resources in your real life to minimize dependency on a "program"
    • Supporting creative efforts so the changes are deeply personal and individual

  • Letting go of and grieving the pursuit of body transformation/self transformation
    • "If a chemical got in the water that meant no one's weight would ever change again, how would you feel?"
    • Observing the way we are taught to prove our worth by perfecting our bodies
    • Learning to take this body as your lawfully wedded body
    • Examining with frankness the way that postponing self-acceptance keeps you from taking responsibility for your life now

  • Building a supportive community
    • Creating a friendship circle to reflect the real you
    • Asking for what you need from family, but seeking it elsewhere if they can't give it
    • Becoming an activist to "clean up the culture."  No individual can thrive when the culture is "polluted."

Back to Top

 Up ]

This is a Health at Any Size site.
  Previous 5 Sites | Previous | Next | Next 5 Sites | Random Site | List Sites  

The Body Positive Dancer

Body Positive: Change Your Mind, Change Your Culture, and Let Your Body Be

WWW.BODYPOSITIVE.COM is designed for educational purposes, and is not a substitute for professional medical or psychological care.  Email sent to this site asking for personal advice is discouraged.  If you require medical or psychological services please consult a qualified professional in your area.  Local psychotherapy inquiries may be made through Dr. Burgard's office phone only (650-321-2606).

Copyright 1999-2011 Debora Burgard, Ph.D.   Please do not use without notice or attribution.  This website is privately and individually supported by Dr. Burgard.  We do not accept advertising at this time. Products, projects, and services are mentioned on the BP site because of their relevance to the mission of the site.  "Body Positive" is a registered trademark.
Privacy policy: does not collect names and addresses.  If you provide your email address to  to subscribe to the email list, the Body Positive site also has access to it.  We do not sell or release the email list. Please read's privacy policy for information on how they may use your email information.  Please remember that the email you write to Body Positive and the responses to forums are not encrypted.  Please do not send email requesting personal advice.  Responses to forums are considered public, equivalent to "Letters to the Editor," and will be considered publishable.

For problems or questions regarding this web contact Dr. Burgard at 650-321-2606 or bpositive at spamex dot com
Last updated: March 05, 2011.