PD photo: Cozies Forbidden, photo dated 1 August 2007 featuring a sign at a swimming pool showing no clothing is to be worn, and other forbidden things/ requirements.
It is believed that the word ‘naturism’ was first used in a notable manner in 1778 by the French-speaking Belgian Jean Baptiste Luc Planchon (1734-1781) for promoting the natural style of life and health. The international definition adopted by the XIV Congress of the International Naturist Federation (France, 1974) defines for naturism as ‘a lifestyle in harmony with nature, expressed through social nudity, and characterized by self-respect of people with different opinions and of the environment.’
It is generally felt that in the United States, naturism and nudism have very similar meanings, but in Britain there is more specific. In Britain ‘nudism is the act of being naked, while naturism is a lifestyle which at various times embraced nature, environment, respect for others, self-respect, crafts, healthy eating, vegetarianism, teetotalism, non-smoking, yoga, physical exercise and pacifism as well as nudity’.