A body-positive book for children is being released this week
The body positivity movement has been around for some time now - and is reaching a much younger audience.
In fact, a body-positive book for children titled Her Body Can is being released this week, with the aim of teaching young girls to be confident in their own skin.
Written by Atlanta-based bloggers Ady Meschke and Katie Crenshaw, the authors wanted to portray a plus-size child unapologetically living her best life.
In an interview with Glamour, Meschke and Crenshaw spoke in great detail about how Her Body Can stands out from other children's books.
Meschke told the publication: "There are books out there that teach kids how to overcome bullying or other adversity, but we thought, 'Why do we have to show bullying to teach kids to be nice?' We just want this to be about representation without there being anything negative in our girl’s life."
Ady added: "We were so conscious to have the illustrations in the book portray friends of all different types: kids with different physical abilities, different hairstyles, different races, different sizes, and different religions. The pictures in this book say loud and clear, “Everyone is equal.”"Check out this inspiring interview in which singer Bebe Rexha talks about the importance of body positivity:
And if the stats are anything to go by, this book has come at the right time. Indeed, per Glamour, by the time girls reach the age of 13, 53% show signs of dissatisfaction with their figure. And about 50% of girls in grades 1 to 8 express concerns about their weight.
"Body positivity is a movement right now in our space as adults, and I love it, but it needs to be taught at a young age, and that’s our goal," Ady explains. "Just yesterday I got trolled on the internet and called fat, and that’s not going to stop me from being me, but that confidence in myself is very new."
She continues: "And honestly, the process of writing this book has really helped me choose definitively to put away a lot of my negative thoughts once and for all. I really believe that if I’d had a book as a kid that taught this type of message, maybe it wouldn’t have taken me until I was 34 to be that confident. The book is definitely about teaching kids not only to accept and love themselves but accepting and loving others for their differences too."