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.