If you struggle with your body image, there is one simple thing you can do to improve the perception of your body: change who you follow on social media. Here’s more info why this works, plus a list of body positive Instagram accounts you can (and should) follow.

body positive instagram accounts

Whether we like it or not, social media is officially part of our day to day lives. But how often do you scroll through Instagram, only to find yourself feeling bad about yourself afterward?

If you relate to this, you’re not alone. We live in a world where anyone can manufacture a perfect life, relationship and body all online. Platforms like Instagram and Facebook show us curated versions of other people’s lives. Many accounts feature idealized nutrition nor fitness goals, negative or extreme diet messages, and unrealistic – and highly photoshopped – bodies. Photo altering apps that make it simple for anyone to add a filter or edit photos in order to make them look “perfect”. We see it and believe it to be true, even when it’s not.

A survey published last year found that people who used social media had increased feelings of depression and anxiety. Instagram ranked the worst, which isn’t too surprising given how image-centric the app is.  People who use Instagram also had the most body image concerns, especially young women and girls.

Recent studies suggest that it takes just two minutes of looking at images for you to alter your perception of your weight and your body. Do you spend more than a couple of minutes looking at your Instagram feed each day? My guess is that the answer for most of us is ‘yes’ – which means your daily Instagram scroll is most likely causing negative feelings about yourself and your body.

Here’s why: the media and popular social media accounts only tend to portray thin bodies; images of fat and larger bodied folks are largely left out. When your feed is full of people who are thin, beautiful and perfectly made up, you’re left feeling like “everyone” is thin and beautiful and perfect. Images set unrealistic expectations and can make you feel sad, inadequate, anxious, and unworthy, or wonder what you are doing wrong.

Normalizing bodies of all different shapes, sizes and colors is an important step to improving your own body image. Because here’s the thing: thin bodies are NOT the only bodies that are beautiful. Bodies come in a huge variety of shapes, sizes, colors, genders and abilities. When we only follow people who look a certain way, then we start to believe this is what real life is, and we set an unrealistic bar against which we measure ourselves.

But just as some images cause us to feel worse about ourselves, you can use images to shift your perception and improve your body image. Because nobody is perfect. And the more we see populate our feed with images of people that feature stretch marks or acne, saggy boobs or hairy legs, belly rolls or cellulite, the more we begin to realize that all this is NORMAL. We are all normal.

While we can’t control what people put on social media, we can control who we follow and therefore, what we see. So here’s what I want you to do:

Step 1: Do A Social Media Cleanout

Unfollow or delete anyone or any account that:

  • Makes you feel bad about yourself or your body
  • Features extreme exercise or dieting behaviors
  • Cuts out certain foods or food groups
  • Talks about “clean eating” or “good” foods and “bad” foods
  • Gives unsolicited diet advice
  • Shares before and after photos
  • Propels the myth that weight loss = health (because spoiler: it doesn’t)

Step 2: Follow These Body Positive Instagram Accounts

Follow accounts that feature a more diverse range of body shapes and sizes. By putting a variety of body sizes in your social media feed, you’ll start to shift your perception of what is “normal”. Below is a list of suggestions of body positive Instagram accounts. Use this list to help fill your feed with lots of different bodies of all sorts of shapes, sizes, genders, abilities and colors. I’ve done my best to exclude anyone who promotes diets, intentional weight loss or any other extreme behavior but if I’ve overlooked something please let me know.

Dietitians/Therapists
  1. @Evelyntribole
  2. @ElyseResch
  3. @lisajdubreuil
  4. @aaronfloresrdn
  5. @cozibae
  6. @bodyimage_therapist
  7. @amee_rd
  8. @feelgoodeating
  9. @tastingabundance
  10. @haes_studentdoctor
  11. @kristamurias
  12. @theintuitive_rd
  13. @mollybcounseling
  14. @anirdn
  15. @thefatsextherapist
  16. @haescoach
  17. @thewellful
  18. @body_peace_liberation
  19. @bodypositiveyoga
  20. @fatbodypeace
  21. @embodiedtherapypdx
  22. @fionawiller
  23. @kaley_rd
  24. @beauty_redefined
  25. @rachaelhartleyrd
  26. @thereallife_rd
  27. @laurathomasphd
  28. @themindfuldietitian
  29. @hgoodrichrd
  30. @streetsmart.rd
  31. @karalydonrd
  32. @feedyourspark
  33. @marcird
  34. @immaeatthat
  35. @jessihaggertyrd
  36. @intuitiveeatingrd
  37. @lindsaystenovec_rd
  38. @emilyfonnesbeck_rd
  39. @nicolecruzrd
  40. @chr1styharrison
  41. @gofeedyourself_
  42. @rebeccascritchfield
  43. @bodyimagewithbri
  44. @heytiffanyroe
  45. @heatherdcrd
  46. @lindatuckercoaching
  47. @bravespacenutrition
Influencers
  1. @Mommyinheels
  2. @Noelledowning
  3. @Ellanabryan
  4. @Colormecourtney
  5. @Bodyposipanda
  6. @Anabeth.jpg
  7. @Katiesturino
  8. @sassyredlipstick
  9. @babebody
  10. @lolo_russell
  11. @sell_eat_love
  12. @gabifresh
  13. @hownottotravellikeabasicbitch
  14. @sassy_latte
  15. @chanteburkett
  16. @iskra
  17. @calliethorpe
  18. @glitterandlazers
  19. @thickleeyonce
  20. @sonnyturner_
  21. @abearnamedtroy
Models
  1. @CaralynMirand
  2. @Huntermcgrady
  3. @tessholiday
  4. @michaelamcgrady
  5. @ashleygraham
  6. @taralynn
  7. @zachmiko
  8. @notoriouslydapper
Activists & Educators 
  1. @Madeonagenerousplan
  2. @Sundaymorningview
  3. @Historicalfatpeople
  4. @Ownitbabe
  5. @Bodyimagemovement
  6. @iamdaniadriana
  7. @resilientfatgoddex
  8. @shooglet
  9. @yrfatfriend
  10. @onebeautifulyes
  11. @iamivyfelicia
  12. @fierce.fatty
  13. @cozibae
  14. @redheadbopowarrior
  15. @fatpositivefertility
  16. @plusmommy
  17. @rachel.cargle
  18. @themilitantbaker
  19. @crutches_and_spice
  20. @sonyareneetaylor
  21. @comfyfattravels
  22. @meghantonjes
  23. @nalgonapositivitypride
  24. @ihartericka
  25. @mermaidqueenjude
  26. @practicewithdana
  27. @decolonizing_fitness
  28. @betteringbecca
  29. @shesallfatpod
  30. @shanboody
  31. @fat_like_me_
  32. @fyeahmfabello
  33. @fatgirlflow
  34. @iamchrissyking
  35. @beauty_redefined
  36. @aerie
  37. @vivanlascurvas
  38. @DanaSuchow
  39. @bodypositivememes
  40. @chubstr
  41. @lizzobeeating
  42. @flawednutrition
  43. @jameelajamilofficial
  44. @i_weigh
  45. @mskelseymiller

 

For more inspiration check out this post.

And if all else fails, follow some cute animals! They are unaffected by weight, diet and body image norms and are just living their best life 🙂

Who have I missed? Share your favorite body-positive Instagram accounts below!


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