According to stats from 2002, approximately 1.5% of young women in Canada aged 15 to 24 have an eating disorder and approximately 1 million Canadians have been diagnosed. Each and every single day in the media, we're bombarded with messaging about chronic dieting, over-exercising and other manifestations of how the ideal body image should look and be presented and how we can live up to those standards and it plagues many, many women.
This week, two new hashtag activism campaigns were launched by two different groups to challenge body image issues and tackle how people view the body positive movement throughout the world. The first campaign was release by plus-size brand, Smart Glamour - based out of New York City.
Just recently, Yahoo Health released the results of their body positivity survey and sadly only one in seven Americans feels “body positive". The online survey, conducted on a nationally representative sample of 2,000 people between the ages of 13 and 64 found that women were more often than not body negative.