We’ve been spending a lot of time at home. We’re kind of on top of each other, maybe even in each other’s space when bathing or dressing. You might be comfortable with nudity – yours, your partner’s, your kids’ – or maybe not. I received a question from a parent recently about who should be naked around who, until what age, and so on, and I already wrote a blog post about that (find it here).
That email got me thinking though. Nudity, it turns out, is a super interesting topic and it has been studied quite a bit. The benefits are far reaching, both of being nude and seeing other people’s nude bodies, and it’s highly connected to body image, self-esteem, and mental health.
Unhealthy body image is common
Whether we’re seeing family members naked or not, we see a lot of skin in advertising and in pornography, but those videos and images are not showing normal bodies. In fact, the images are highly modified, like this one.