A negative body image, on which some weight-loss programs try to capitalize, can be a barrier to engaging in healthy behavior, [Sarah Catanese] said. “I think people who are more comfortable in their own skin are more likely to exercise, to take care of their bodies.
For [Kate] Harding, doing yoga at least three times a week makes her feel good and confident. Through her blog, she said, she’s helping others understand that not hating themselves is possible. Once they start loving their bodies, then they can start living their lives…
“You’re spending mental energy on hating yourself and trying to become a body type you’re not meant to be,” Harding said. “You’re wasting so much time and losing opportunities to go out and do things you love.”
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