There are many myths and misconceptions about whom, when, and why folks choose to have an abortion. As an abortion counsellor, people share the context of their lives with me. A part of me wishes other people could be a fly on the wall of a counselling room for a day so they could see with their own eyes what it’s like. But I guess my words will have to be enough.
Body acceptance, body neutrality, Health At Every Size®® – whatever you want to call it – is for EVERY BODY. I often hear people say things like, “This makes sense, but I actually need to lose weight because of my diabetes/health/knees/etc./etc./etc.” Nope. There are no loopholes or asterisks attached to this simple truth:
You, right here, right now, deserve to have a peaceful relationship with your body based on nurturing, nourishing, permission, respect, and getting enough.
Even as a child, I wondered if the judgments people held about their own bodies was telling of how they saw my body. Remembering all the ways that years of diet talk made me think and feel dissatisfied about my own body, I knew it was time for me to set some boundaries.