Inspiring body positivity

Legs, bums, and hands are the parts of their bodies Brits love the most – with a quarter stating they wouldn’t change a thing about how they look.

A study of a selection of adults found on a scale of one to 10, 65 per cent rated themselves in the top half when it comes to body confidence. It also emerged that to improve their wellbeing in 2021, half intend to exercise regularly while 30 per cent plan to eat better.

“We believe that this year people shouldn’t focus on losing their gut but learning to love it instead. We are passionate about happy guts and know the impact it can have on our overall wellbeing and in turn body positivity.” – Sarah Dossett from Activia, which commissioned the survey

But many are avoiding the temptation of quick fix diets as 47 per cent admitted they have never worked for them.

A quarter also hope to look after their gut health, with 50 per cent believing it can influence their emotions, leaving 28 per cent feeling stressed and 38 per cent tired.

“We’re thrilled that the research has come back so strong at a time when many re-evaluate their goals and we hope that we can continue to support our customers this way.” – Sarah Dossett from Activia, which commissioned the survey

The study also found celebrities play a part in inspiring body positivity, with Beyonce and Zac Efron the most likely to do so. Serena Williams, Giovanna Fletcher, Harry Styles, James Corden and Joe Wicks also feature.

Top 10 celebrities to inspire body positivity for women:
1. Beyonce
2. Giovanna Fletcher
3. Serena Williams
4. Adele
5. Rebel Wilson
6. Tess Daly
7. Lizzo
8. Jameela Jamil
9. Chrissy Teigen
10. Nadia Sawalha

Top 10 celebrities to inspire body positivity for men:
1. Zac Efron
2. Joe Wicks
3. Chris Pratt
4. Olly Murs
5. James Corden
6. Robbie Williams
7. Sam Smith
8. Craig David
9. Jonathan Van Ness
10. Harry Styles

Parts of their body people love the most:
1. Legs
2. Bum
3. Hands
4. Arms
5. Shoulders
6. Boobs
7. Chest
8. Calves
9. Stomach/ gut
10. Thighs

Tess Daly, who also made the top 10 most inspiring women and has teamed up with Activia, said: “We’ve given up enough over the last year so we need to be kinder to  ourselves and look at all of the ways that we can improve our overall wellbeing.

“I know that when I look after my gut, I feel better for it so I am hoping to use my own experience to encourage people not to overlook it and look at the small changes you can make that will improve your gut health.”

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