5 Reasons “Body Positivity” Is Evil

The assertion that all people deserve to have a positive body image, regardless of how society and popular culture view ideal shape, size, and appearance is putting humans at risk

Uchechukwu Ajuzieogu

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Body positivity is designed to foster acceptance and love of your body, but it can be a struggle that adds another element of pressure and impossible standards to live up to. The body positivity message is that you should change how you feel about your body, but can also be just one more demand.

Simply telling people to accept themselves and be resilient in the face of the bombardment of images promoting the thin ideal can be damaging. Telling people to ignore the dominant beauty ideal isn’t realistic. It can create more pressure for a person who is already feeling anxious, negative, and devalued. Popular culture tells people that they are flawed — but then demands that they have a positive attitude about it. Not feeling positive about your body can then lead to shame and guilt.

An Overview on Body Positivity

While body positivity has become increasingly popular, people continue to be confused about exactly what it means. Part of the reason why body positivity is so misunderstood is due to the fact that there are so many different definitions for what the movement means.

The term “body positive” emerged in 1996 when a psychotherapist and an individual who had been through treatment for an eating disorder founded the website thebodypositive.org. The site offers resources and educational materials designed to help people feel good about their bodies by taking the focus off of losing weight through unhealthy diet and exercise efforts.

Body positivity has its roots in the fat acceptance movement of the late 1960s. Fat acceptance focuses on ending the culture of fat-shaming and discrimination against people based upon their size or body weight. The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance was first established in 1969 and continues to work to change how people talk about weight.

The Problem With Body Positivity

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Uchechukwu Ajuzieogu

Uchechukwu Ajuzieogu is an Author, Blogger, Researcher, Content Curator, Tech Entrepreneur, and Educationist with vast experience in Technology Applications.