This Woman's Message About Loving Her Body Without Flexing, Sucking In, Or Angling, Is Resonating With So Many

"My natural body in its natural state deserves recognition."

Kelly U. from the @KellyUFit Instagram account promotes a message of "making self-love the new sexy." But for the self-described "body positive ED [eating disorder] warrior," learning to love her body was a journey. In a recent Instagram post, Kelly opened up about that journey, and learning to embrace all aspects of herself. 

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"My skin isn't perfectly smooth. I don't have a flat stomach. My butt doesn't stand up by itself. I've got lines, fat, skin — OH A NORMAL HUMAN BODY! My natural body in its natural state deserves recognition. It deserves validation. It so deserves to be loved and cherished just as much as my body when it's being manipulated, flexed or angled to look 'better.' I refuse to think I look better in certain lighting, sucking in, flexing, any of that. I truly love my body just as much when it's like this. Because this is my BODY. How else can I explain it to myself? I have to love it. And it's my damn privilege to do so. Your body is so beautiful, resting or flexed. Muscular or not. Big or small. You deserve to be comfortable in your own skin. Society and social media is always going to try and skew your perceptions and point of view in the wrong direction. It's our duty to continuously remind ourselves that we are beautiful, wonderful and worthy. Because we really are. I will continue to encourage you to preach to yourself, because I preach to my damn self every single day. Self love isn't easy, it takes effort. But it's work that pays off, and it becomes more effortless every single day. I love you, my warriors And your body [sic] is B-E-A-UUUUUTIFUL. #selflove #edwarrior #edsoldier #edrecovery #effyourbeautystandards" 

Kelly has been open about her battle with anorexia, and it's no wonder this story has resonated with so many —  according to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA), there are 20 million women and 10 million men in the United States alone who will suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder in their lifetime. 

And even for those who have never struggled with an eating disorder, Kelly's message of self-love is still meaningful as we are all inundated with messages telling us our natural bodies aren't good enough.  

Since Kelly wrote her post on Dec. 20, it has received close to 3,000 likes. Many users are praising Kelly for her body positive attitude. Others who have struggled with eating disorders are also thanking her for being open with her story.

One commenter wrote, "Thank you @kellyufit I've suffered with ED for 15 yrs and this year is my 1st year in recovery. The holidays bring so much stress and anxiety and desire to turn to ED. But I keep telling myself 'I deserve food,' 'I deserve to enjoy' and honestly those words make me feel so much better. Thank you sooo much."

(H/T: Hello Giggles)

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