"Nudist / Naturist is a way of life in harmony with nature, characterized by the practice of communal nudity, with the intention of encouraging respect for oneself, respect for others and for the environment."
Nudist / Naturist is the practice of complete nudity in a social setting. Though nudity is the most obvious aspect of nudist/naturist, it is part of a much wider context.
The purpose of nudist/naturist is to promote wholesomeness and stability of the human body, mind, and spirit. These come most easily to those who shed the psychological and social encumbrance of clothing, to see and respect the human body as created.
Nudist / Naturist also promotes optimal health through complete contact of the body with the natural elements. It is practiced as much as possible in environments free of the pollution and stress of modern society. It is therefore associated with an enlightened, holistic approach to nutrition, physical activity, mental health, and social interaction.
Nudist / Naturist is founded on family participation. Children in nudist/naturist families learn to appreciate the body as part of their natural environment. They grow up with healthful attitudes and accept the physical nature of both sexes and all ages without fear or shame.
Nude living thus removes barriers to communication between people and fosters appreciation of the environment. It leads to healthier and more humane living: richer, simpler, and enlightened by joy and freedom.
Over 2.7 million (8.9% of the population) agree in some way according to a 1999 survey.