Body Positivity Is Saving & Empowering Women

Recently an article by Aero Magazine has come to my attention which argues Body Positivity is Killing Women, specifically plus-size body positivity hashtags and movements. In the article, the author points out that obesity is a huge medical issue. This is true, there is no denying that. Being overweight and obese can be very unhealthy for many people, sparking illnesses and limitations. However, hating yourself and hating your body will always not spark weight loss.  In fact, most of the time, it will spark further weight gain.

I’m not saying it’s impossible for body hatred to spark weight loss. It’s very possible, but often it leads to eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia–which, to spark your memory, are not healthy paths to weight-loss. On the other hand, if weight loss isn’t sparked through body hatred, depression and emotional eating surface. These actions cause even more body hatred because of the vicious cycle of weight gain.

So what is a healthier alternative to these health issues? Loving your body, loving your skin, and feeling confident. I know, crazy right?! Being overweight and loving yourself could spark something positive! Body positivity does not necessarily mean that a woman is not trying to improve her health; it just means that she’s learning to love herself, accept her insecurities, and live her life in a way that makes her happy. If that means staying at an obese BMI, so be it. However body-positive women can choose to lose weight to feel healthier in their bodies as well. Ultimately, these choices are left for an individual to make.

For the record, I’d like to remind everyone–especially the author of Body Positivity is Killing Women–that body hatred is not just an overweight or obese person’s problem. Many, many thin people hate themselves as well (underweight and normal-weighted people included). Hating your body won’t make you thin, and being thin won’t make you stop hating your body.

No matter what size clothing you are, or how much you weigh, self-love is important. Everyone should love themselves, or at least begin the process towards loving themselves. In the end, love is a lot healthier than its alternative, whether judgmental people like it or not.

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2 thoughts on “Body Positivity Is Saving & Empowering Women

  1. Hannah Apple says:

    My reply is strictly referring to Obese people and not others that do not fall within the category.

    Although this article, is balanced in some respects, the movement is still a post modern rejection of a medical reality.

    I agree with you that Body positivity is saving and empowering women, BUT NOT THE EXTREMELY OVERWEIGHT AND OBESE ONES.

    The body positivity movement fuels a irresponsible trend to continue eating whatever you want at any quantity.

    I feel that it is extremely dangerous for you to encourage people with this – “If that means staying at an obese BMI, so be it.”

    Obesity is not positive. And it is not positive to encourage someone to stay obese.
    It is absolutely unproductive for obese people to hide behind a body positivity movement

    Facts don’t care about your feelings.
    Hiding behind a movement does not make obesity any less dangerous.

    The UK Government spends $14 Billion on the obesity crisis and they call obesity a CRISIS for a reason.

    On the other hand, I’m not saying don’t love your body.
    Love your body, but love it enough to keep it healthy.

    Even if you disagree with me.
    I believe that there are many others out there who will recognise the validity and coherence of the points I have raised.

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    • briannasiciliano says:

      “Healthy” BMIs are not always healthy; often overweight and obese BMIs claim someone is severely unhealthy meanwhile they are at a very healthy weight for their height. I personally know that my doctors have told me that at my ideal weight for my 6 foot 1 frame will never be categorized as a “normal/healthy” BMI range. I will always be considered overweight/obese if you were to go by the BMI scale. A normal weight for me by the BMI would make my doctors very unhappy, and I’d look sick. There is more to someone’s health than their weight. I do agree with you that severe obesity is not a healthy lifestyle. I agree that if you cannot breathe, if you cannot move easily, than changes should be made to improve a standard of life. However decisions to lose weight are up to an individual to follow through. No one can judge others by their mere weight or size in clothes. You don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, how much they exercise, how healthy they eat, etc. Pink herself, a very fit and athletic woman/celeb, is currently categorized as obese for her frame, although she is healthy. My blog post was created because I was unhappy with your idea that women should hate their bodies. Hating a body will just cause more weight gain in most cases. Love your body, and choose to do what you think is appropriate for your health. If you already eat healthy and work out and are considered obese by the BMI scale, you shouldn’t feel worthless or hate yourself.

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