Thoughts on the Body Positivity Movement
I do believe in body positivity, regardless of your size, because it's important to love yourself, be kind to yourself and have confidence in yourself. We should also have the same attitudes toward others, regardless of the bodies they're in.I love the idea of this book, as many of our weight struggles began at a young age and continued because of societal pressures that messed up our self-image.The thing I disagree with, that I often see in this movement, is that any weight can be healthy. There is a segment of people now who are saying that ANY weight is equally as good as the next and should be celebrated.In reality, being underweight or being overweight, are both unhealthy - there's no two ways about it. The further one heads to either end of the spectrum, the closer you are to death. That can't be promoted. Limitless body acceptance doesn't take this into account.Just because an obese person doesn't currently have any obvious problems, conditions or diseases, doesn't mean that they're not at a much higher risk for developing something.Extra weight absolutely puts extra strain on joints. It makes all of your organs work harder, especially your heart and liver. Fat cells produce excess hormones such as estrogen, and that can cause cancer.Yes, we can be obese, happy, and healthy, but if we truly love ourselves and others, we must also face the fact that we need to take better care of ourselves before our bodies break down or succumb to diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, cancer or some other high-risk health concern.Loving ourselves isn't always rainbows and flowers. It can be recognizing that there's work to be done... that self-control is good for us... that life isn't just about doing what feels good at all times. Just because we may need to work on ourselves (everyone does - it's just more outwardly visible for some people than others), doesn't mean that we are any less worthy of love and acceptance. That's also a message that needs to be promoted.
Bloggers Ady Meschke and Katie Crenshaw collaborated on "Her Body Can," the first book in a series of inclusive children's literature.