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Body Positivity vs Fitness Enthusiasts

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Body positivity means accepting the body you have as well as the changes in shape, size, and ability it may undergo due to nature, age, or your own personal choices throughout your lifetime. It's the understanding that your worth and what's going on with you physically are two separate entities — that no matter what's happening inside, outside, or to your body, you're still just as worthwhile as the person next to you.


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The body positivity movement has gained some serious steam over the past decade. According to a recent report by the American Psychological Association, American women's (and men's) dissatisfaction with the skin they're in began to decline in the early 2000s, following an unfortunate peak in the 1990s.

Popular media outlets and many marketing campaigns have adapted to this trend — though not necessarily, as many have pointed out, for the better. In 2012, Seventeen Magazine agreed to stop airbrushing models. In 2015, Women's Health vowed to ban"drop two sizes" and"bikini body" from its cover titles. Sports Illustrated featured plus-sized model Ashley Graham in one of three separate cover images for their annual Swimsuit edition in 2016. And last month Miss Teen USA ditched their swimsuit competition"as part of a commitment to 'evolve in ways that celebrate women’s strength, confidence and beauty for years to come.'” All the while, Dove, Aerie, and Victoria's Secret (among other well-known product and clothing companies) have attempted to incorporate what appears to be body positivity into their advertising efforts.
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What, exactly, does it mean to be body positive? And does trying to market the concept miss — if not distort — the point?
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Actually, since 2000 there has been significant research that counter indicates that claim. Many people survive illnesses (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, to name a few) because they are overweight or obese. You can check out some of the articles + research under Dr. Linda Bacon + Health at Every Size. One of the problems is that"fat shaming" (the nutrient, not the body type) caused a lot of doctors in the 1900s to assume that"fat" is bad. The sugar industry also had a hand in rigging the science as well. Things are not as black and white as many believe. I understand it's hard to go against a lifetime of teaching, but I'd urge you to consider looking at this modern research.
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Actually, since 2000 there has been significant research that counter indicates that claim. Many people survive illnesses (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, to name a few) because they are overweight or obese. You can check out some of the articles + research under Dr. Linda Bacon + Health at Every Size. One of the problems is that"fat shaming" (the nutrient, not the body type) caused a lot of doctors in the 1900s to assume that"fat" is bad. The sugar industry also had a hand in rigging the science as well. Things are not as black and white as many believe. I understand it's hard to go against a lifetime of teaching, but I'd urge you to consider looking at this modern research.
Obesity is not healthy. It's wrong to say that it's beautiful to be unhealthy.
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Who the body positivity movement should be for: burn victims, those with disfigurements, people missing limbs.

Who the body positivity movement is actually for: people who can't stop eating.
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Actually, since 2000 there has been significant research that counter indicates that claim. Many people survive illnesses (cancer, diabetes, heart disease, to name a few) because they are overweight or obese. You can check out some of the articles + research under Dr. Linda Bacon + Health at Every Size. One of the problems is that"fat shaming" (the nutrient, not the body type) caused a lot of doctors in the 1900s to assume that"fat" is bad. The sugar industry also had a hand in rigging the science as well. Things are not as black and white as many believe. I understand it's hard to go against a lifetime of teaching, but I'd urge you to consider looking at this modern research.
The obesity paradox you're referring to has largely been discredited by modern nutritionists and doctors. When the original study is reproduced accounting for smoking and tobacco use, they consistently see that the obese group is at higher risk for myriad health issues. HAES is an atrocious idea being propagated by people whose actions are malicious toward those who need to get in shape. You can be healthy and fat, but being fat is never better for your health; and you certainly cannot be healthy at any size. What a preposterous idea! I remember when we used to encourage healthy eating and exercise. Shame on Linda Bacon.
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Who the body positivity movement should be for: burn victims, those with disfigurements, people missing limbs.

Who the body positivity movement is actually for: people who can't stop eating.
I agree with the first half of what you said. The rest is not true; they are just saying that all people should love their bodies. They use"overweight" or"fat" as the front and center because it's one of the most acceptable things to look at. Fat is not that disgusting. Saggy tits, burns, lots of body hair, yellow teeth and amputations are less acceptable. It's fucked up, but most people wouldn't listen to the body positivity movement if a disfigured person were up there speaking. People wouldn't look at them, so they wouldn't listen to them.
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Now this is so wrong, young lady. Not EVERYONE is beautiful. Sorry to ruin your own cozy little universe, but beauty is NOT something subjective. It is NOT"in the eye of the beholder". Beauty is a gift or a result of some serious effort - in any case, it is something valued by people, and saying everyone is beautiful is like devaluing the currency, it basically the same as"no one is beautiful".
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Everyone is beautiful and worthy of love and respect. However, if you are overweight/ very thin and know you have poor health, the ultimate form of self love is taking accountability for your body and taking the initiative to live a healthier lifestyle.
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Why the hell do all of these"body activists" leave out people with disabilities/amputations/battle scars? I haven't heard a single one utter a single word about it! Let's direct some love to people who experience UNIMAGINABLE difficulties because of an actual physical malfunction that keeps them from doing things they want to do! Those are REAL problems, and MUCH harder to get over! Oh but let's not worry about them, let's just sit around and talk for hours about how out belly fat is SUPER fucking important. Great. God this country sucks.
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I'm noticing something. The world is being forced to find overweight women attractive while women who are riddled with imperfections (imperfections we're supposed to ignore) are being more and more selective and choosy of the men they will date.
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I'm noticing something. The world is being forced to find overweight women attractive while women who are riddled with imperfections (imperfections we're supposed to ignore) are being more and more selective and choosy of the men they will date.
I know right?! Basically, you have a lot of girls who look like they haven't been in a salon or gym in years demanding the world find them beautiful while AT THE SAME TIME demanding that a man be perfect in order to be granted the honor of their attention.
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Now this is so wrong, young lady. Not EVERYONE is beautiful. Sorry to ruin your own cozy little universe, but beauty is NOT something subjective. It is NOT"in the eye of the beholder". Beauty is a gift or a result of some serious effort - in any case, it is something valued by people, and saying everyone is beautiful is like devaluing the currency, it basically the same as"no one is beautiful".
You're very superficial for saying that.
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If your BMI is over 25 you are unhealthy and damaging your body end of story.
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If your BMI is over 25 you are unhealthy and damaging your body end of story.
You're right there. It's also not a matter of vanity but health.
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