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The Dark Side of Body Positivity

The Dark Side of Body Positivity

All bodies have beauty, right?

At least that’s what we’ve been told. In the past few decades, the body-positive and antifat shaming movements have taken on a life all their own. Questioning them could even result in you being terminated.

And while on the surface it might seem like celebrating all body types is the kind and inclusive thing to do, what if it’s actually NOT? 

What if it’s a message that is actually hurting us?

And I know this is a hot-button issue, so let me start by clarifying that I don’t believe in fat-shaming, nor do I think that every woman needs to be a size four to be healthy or beautiful. The fact that bodies come in different shapes, sizes and colors is beautiful. You can also check out Celebrate the day.

What I find problematic is the idea we should embrace obesity as normal, healthy, and desirable.

That’s where body positivity crosses the line into toxicity because it’s a message that is literally killing us. Although the body-positive movement began with noble intentions I believe it has now been abused and used by companies to manipulate consumers.

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