Why the Fitness Industry Needs to Become More Body Positive | Stephanie Shames | TEDxWynwoodWomen

Why the Fitness Industry Needs to Become More Body Positive | Stephanie Shames | TEDxWynwoodWomen

Stephanie Shames, voted as one of Americas Most Inspiring Trainers by Reebok and Well + Good, speaks on the need to change the current dialogue within the health and fitness industries. The rates of body dysmorphia and deaths caused by eating disorder related illnesses are still on a rise, and Shames shares her journey on overcoming her own eating disorder. As a fitness professional who has dealt with body shame for most of her life, Shames emphasizes why it is so important for the fitness industry to start becoming more body positive. Stephanie Shames is the CEO of SHMLS by Steph, a full-service health and fitness company focused on body positive and self-love. Based in Miami, Shames holds a position as Master Instructor and Trainer in indoor cycling, runs a body positive and fitness blog, and offers personalized health and wellness coaching. Shames pursued degrees in exercise science and health education at The George Washington University and Columbia University before launching #Shameless, an online body positive movement. She’s been recognized by Reebok and Well+Good one of “America’s Most Inspiring Trainers,” as well as featured in leading media publications such as Eventbrite, The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, Class Pass. Shames also serves as ambassador for Lululemon. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx


  1. Kwelar on February 19, 2022 at 11:28 pm

    The obesity epidemic is a direct result of the capitalistic system we live under. Major food and beverage companies are doing nothing to create healthier alternative foods that could help lower the obesity problem. All they care about is quarterly profits and products that sell. They don’t care at all about your well being. We need more health conscious food and beverage companies and a change in the materialistic/ capitalist system. We also need government that cares about it’s people. Ultimately though, the change has to come from the people. Reject lower conscious foods and companies and start becoming aware of the implications and consequences of everything you eat!

  2. Angela Anasta on February 19, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    But we can look up to her because she is fit and healthy not obese and unhealthy…

  3. HaiDuTin OP on February 19, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    This girl sounds like she hasn’t had eating disorder, but hardcore mental illness.

  4. Yente on February 19, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    Amazing message! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Devon on February 19, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    imagine being a fitness instructor that doesnt promote fitness

  6. SemTangstad on February 19, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    «The secret to my happiness is that I am kind to my body, and now it is kind to me.» Beautifully said.

  7. Gary Bourke on February 19, 2022 at 11:57 pm

    Her last one or two syllables sound like she’s burping

  8. Rajkumar suman on February 20, 2022 at 12:03 am

    Sir what about the chances of ace certified personal trainer …who is foreign national & work in to usa ??

  9. Julz Alta on February 20, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Very cool instructor. I would gladly take a class with her if I wasn’t living in France ! Bodypositivity and fitness should go hand in hand. Exercising and respecting the natural balance of body and mind. It’s not about having a toxic super extra lean look and what drugs and eating disorders technics you have to master to do it -_- . It’s not right for everyone to be super lean, for women, ex-obese people, older people, or just someone who’s not naturally made for it, etc… This "fitness" typical look that everyone think is healthy is part of the problem.

  10. SunUp08 on February 20, 2022 at 12:09 am

    As someone who loves fitness/bodybuilding/good nutrition n but also wants to embrace body positivity/self love this is such a great talk. Would love to see more of this, the bridging of health/fitness and body positivity!

  11. Kryz Jian on February 20, 2022 at 12:21 am

    More ppl need to see this!