Self-respect is a type of 'self-love' where a person values the things they have been through, the experiences they have had, the hard work to get where their are. It is having an understanding and appreciation of the underlying character traits of one’s True Self—and most importantly—making life choices and decisions from that authentic aspect of a person’s personality. This is very different than relying on one’s ego or False Self persona that serves as a cover to show the world only “the good stuff” of a person’s personality. The reason self-respect is so important is that it is the gift we give ourselves when we become less motivated to please others in order to get their approval and more motivated to live a life of authenticity and personal integrity despite whatever anyone else thinks about us.
(Quoted from upjourney.com)
This works from your own perspective, internally, not externally as a 'validation'
That being said, you will find yourself feeling and making respectful choices to your body and being.
On the path towards a better way of life, sometimes you need to start with yourself.
Use as needed.