Want to love your body? Get naked.

Is embracing your body on your list of intents for 2012? Especially near the beginning of the year, many of us leap on the New Years Resolution train with grandiose goals for our fitness and health regimes. We want to lose weight, exercise more, eat better… the list goes on and on. But what if you could develop a more loving relationship with your body just by spending more time in your birthday suit? Writer Chris Webb, over at Mind Body Green, says it all starts with self-love:

The American psyche is battered by relentless media projections of what the “ideal” body should be. While women have been targeted historically, men are an increasingly lucrative playground for the industries that profit off of insecurity and self-hatred.

AskMen.com reports that between 2009 and 2014 worldwide purchases of beauty products targeted to men will rise about fourfold from nearly $20 billion to $85 billion per year. In a 2009 follow-up to a 1984 survey about female body image, Glamour found that for twenty-five years, body dissatisfaction has remained steady across eras at 40 percent. Extrapolated into recent census data, this means that nearly 63 million women are unhappy based solely on subjective views about a vessel they cannot escape. As a result, the diet industry, which has a tremendous failure rate, flourishes with promises of beauty and happiness.

My honest advice for people enduring body hatred is simple: be naked more often. Not necessarily among other people, but definitely more than just for your daily shower.

It sounds crazy and counterintuitive, right? I certainly thought so…

Read more here.


  1. I believe that Chris Webb is asking a very important question: Can being nude more often help body image issue? His article mentions several significant points regarding the displaced views of our physical nature and I was surprised to find that this distorted outlook of our best birthday suit is not limited to the female sex; men struggle with it too. The answer for me to this question is quite personal and it is yes. I didn’t think I had a negative body image; I was focused on proper nutrition and exercise, practicing mindfulness in daily living through meditation and yoga and I was unplugged from TV and magazines. I didn’t feel I was affected by the powers of media that promote negative body images. I felt great about myself until I was asked by a university to do art modeling for them. My first response was unattractive. After doing more research on the subject of Fine Art Modeling (Nude) I realized two things: it is a physically demanding and highly rewarding form of art and I was less secure about my nakedness than I realized. So, after studying books, talking to artists and spending time in museums critiquing Greek sculptures, I took the stage without the robe. For nearly a year I worked for different schools in the buff and developed a sense of freedom I would never have experienced otherwise. I believe I understand what Chris is talking about in his MindBodyGreen post when he says, “Then I realized that nudism has been a life changer for me, and while going to beaches, spas, or clubs might not be for everyone, the ethic behind it could be beneficial to many. “ I realize that not everyone will have the desire to be a Fine Art Model but I think many will find Chris’s ideas about body image to be helpful and empowering.