5 Body-Positive Instagram Accounts Worth Following

Experts say one way to help foster a healthier body image is to drown out the toxic messages about body shape and size you might see on TV or social media — and tune into the ones that promote the attitude you want to have.

Seeing images of a very specific type and shape of body on social media being applauded and glorified over and over again can start to affect what we see as healthy, normal, and beautiful when it comes to body image, explains Charlotte Markey, PhD, a professor of psychology and director of the Health Sciences Center at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey.

“If we looked on social media, saw other people, and our response was, ‘Wow, they look great! I’m so glad they’re so happy’ — and we didn’t compare ourselves — then we wouldn’t really have a problem,” Dr. Markey says. “But that’s not what we do, unfortunately. We see how people are and we question why we aren’t those things and then we feel bad.”

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