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“5 Reasons ‘Body Positivity’ Is Evil” – Guy Starts A Discussion About The Toxicity Of The Body Positivity Movement
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“5 Reasons ‘Body Positivity’ Is Evil” – Guy Starts A Discussion About The Toxicity Of The Body Positivity Movement Interview With Author

Body positivity is a touchy topic, even to this very day. While some fully embrace it for helping people accept who they are with all of their flaws, others are more careful about voicing their support because they believe that some use it as an excuse for unhealthy habits. Meanwhile, fitness expert Jack Bly sparked a bit of internet drama over on Twitter after sharing his 5 reasons why he believes that body positivity is ‘evil.’

Like you could have expected, this approach made quite a few people angry while others stood in support of Jack’s views. Have a read through his arguments below and let us know in the comments what you think of them, dear Pandas.

In reality, body positivity and fitness are very sticky and nuanced topics. They aren’t as black and white as people would prefer to paint them, whatever their views on the subject. Each individual case and the small details matter a lot. For instance, a personal trainer I’d spoken to earlier pointed out that body positivity greatly depends on the context of the individual and the movement can be “both extremely helpful and potentially harmful.”

Meanwhile, The Guardian notes that we need to have those unpleasant conversations about weight and health instead of “leaping straight to the friendly hashtag, complete with women detailing their own blessed journeys towards inner beauty.” Uncomfortable? Yes. Necessary? Also yes.

I reached out to Jack and he was kind enough to go in-depth about the thread and his views on body positivity. “When it comes to TRUE body positivity, I think it can be a good belief system for things regarding our appearance that may be out of our control,” he told Bored Panda, pointing out some examples where it works such as in the case of burn victims, people with disabilities, etc.

“But, it is a terrible belief system when it comes to things in your control,” he noted that, in his opinion, this doesn’t work with obesity. “Like I mentioned in my thread, a lot of misinformation has been thrown around due to this which is extremely detrimental to everyone.”

Jack shared the reasons why he personally believes that the body positivity movement is ‘evil’

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Jack told Bored Panda that, overall, he received “an OVERWHELMING amount of support” that far outweighed any criticism that he got.

I wanted to get Jack’s take on what we should do if we’re looking to improve our level of fitness but we’re constantly finding ourselves without much energy to see things through.

“If you’re someone who is SERIOUS about making a permanent body transformation but feels like you’ve tried everything before, don’t want to do another miserable diet, or don’t have much time to commit… you need to invest in a coach,” he put it simply that the support of a professional helps immensely.

“Countless studies show the power of accountability when it comes to achieving any goal. And we know that where we invest our time & money reveal our true priorities. If you want an area to improve you MUST invest your resources there. And, just know that EVERYONE is capable of achieving the body they can be proud of.”

He added: “You can do this!!!”

There are plenty of perspectives on body positivity even among professionals. It’s a topic full of nuance

Earlier, personal trainer and physiotherapist Paulius Lipskis explained to me that we have to be completely honest about ourselves, our health, and our fitness levels.

“Somebody could potentially use the body positivity movement as an excuse for their unhealthy habits, however, if the movement encourages you to accept and embrace yourself, it’s something that you should strive to follow,” he told Bored Panda during an earlier interview.

“It’s also a problem if you view healthy living as something that you’re forced to do. If you’re constantly angry, tired, and you’re low on energy—it’s an issue,” the personal trainer said.

According to trainer Paulius, you can’t force someone to want to change; their desire to change their lifestyle must come from within.

“Usually, our unhealthy habits are a result of constant stress and our behavior that’s meant to protect us from it. If we would have an honest chat with ourselves, we’d clearly see that we’re dissatisfied with ourselves only when we feel that we’re using our bad habits to cover our emotions,” the fitness expert said.

“However, if we accept that we’re not perfect, we’re not pressured to change. That’s when you start developing a natural desire and curiosity to find out what the best possible version of you is.”

Meanwhile, Eva Wiseman shared in an article on The Guardian that the body positivity movement increases the pressure and guilt that overweight people feel. In her opinion, we’re better off finding peace with our bodies instead of loving ourselves as we are.

“‘Everybody’s beautiful, and all bodies are perfect!’ said 2019, to a small murmur from those pointing out that the workplace, Tinder, fashion, and health professionals disagree. The effect, then, was a feeling of isolation, and a doubling of guilt. Guilt both for living in a body that doesn’t fit and for wanting to change it,” Wiseman said that we ought to move toward body neutrality, not positivity.

People reacted to Jack’s post in a lot of different ways. Some were completely in favor of his view…

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…others had a different opinion and were much more critical of Jack’s approach

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Meanwhile, some Twitter users pointed out that body positivity and the health industry are all about making money

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Daria Z
Community Member
10 months ago

I may be wrong but I have thought body positivity is about loving yourself no matter how you look. And this self love means that you take care of your mind and body. A person can definitely be slightly overweight or underweight but still healthy. But willingly going beyond that means self destruction and needs to be addressed.

WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
10 months ago

That's indeed how body positivity started out. Love your healthy body despite it's "imperfections". It was a reaction against the magazines telling people to get plastic surgery for no good reason at all. Today it's changed to: "Love your body even when you're unhealthy overweight and you're uncomfortable and miserable not being able to do what you want to do."

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

Body positivity is not meant to be about promoting obesity, or accepting that it's normal. Body positivity is about self esteem. So many people obviously just don't get it. Articles like the Cosmo one doesn't help though. Often poor self esteem coincides with mental health issues that also coincides with lack of motivation, emotional eating etc. It's also about teaching people that just because some are obese does not mean they don't deserve to be treated with respect and kindness. We are obese, not stupid so we know what effects it has and health issues. People picking on overweight/obese actually make things worse, not better. Bullying, teasing etc rarely helps anyone. Plus obesity is not always caused by poor diet and lack of exercise. There are many factors to take into account. How about you mind your own damn business since you have no idea what the individual is going through. It's between the individual and their doctor.

qwerty
Community Member
10 months ago

I think the best point that was made in this article was the person who pointed out that no one complained about unhealthy body standards when it was underweight people being praised, but now that it's overweight people being praised, everyone's freaking out. I think that neither extreme is healthy, and if you are not at a healthy weight you should work to resolve that issue. Also, praising people who are underweight and praising people who are overweight has happened before. In the Roman Empire, for example, a voluptuous body was viewed as a good thing. It's possible the cycle is repeating itself. On the other end of the spectrum, underweight bodies have been praised up until the body positivity movement. And I completely agree with your point that it might not actually be a person's fault for having an unhealthy weight.

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Mike Crow
Community Member
10 months ago

I had a friend who was curvy, but she went to the gym and she ate well. Yet people still lectured her, berated her and made fun of her because she was still curvy, even her mother told her that she only had a pretty face. Did this help? Did this make her work harder? No. She tried but she eventually gave up because she could see no point in continuing. Body positivity doesn’t mean accepting obesity, it just means loving yourself.

Marnie
Community Member
10 months ago

By "curvy", do you actually mean overweight? I'm overweight and I'm not curvy. In fact, I'm shaped like a candied apple.

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Eucritta
Community Member
10 months ago

I think we've become so deranged about body fat, and the conversation has become so toxic, we all need to take a collective deep breath and step back. Let people be. You want to encourage healthy behavior? Then do that. Keep your disdain & disgust to yourself.

Drive Bee
Community Member
10 months ago

Well said.

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Otter
Community Member
10 months ago

IMHO people can't lose a large amount of weight and reduce obesity-related health problems unless they have feelings self-worth. The Fat Acceptance thing can be the first step on a positive journey towards a better self-image and better physical health, it means letting go of feelings of the self-hatred and shame that burden many fat people. Shaming people over their weight accomplishes nothing but ruined self-esteem (or defiance, in my case), but some people won't give up the idea that they can shame the whole world into being thinner.

Zaza
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

Exactly! The body positivity movement is meant to stop the self hatred (and self harm). It's meant to let everyone love themselves and their bodies, no matter how big or skinny they are. It's not promoting obesity, it's not promoting anorexia. It's people being kind to one another, loving other people for who they are and not judging them for what they look like. It's about finally allowing everyone to love themselves and their bodies, without any shame

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Mari Ng
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

Shame doesn't work. If I could be shamed into losing weight, then I would have been thin my entire life. When I have some acceptance about my weight, when I let go of the self-hate, that's when I've been able to make positive changes about my weight and health. Edit: I've lost 35 pounds so far in Overeaters Anonymous. It's a 12 step program based on Alcoholics Anonymous.

Eslamala
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

It's one thing to love and accept yourself, as you always should. It's a whole other thing to make disgusting tv shows about people who are so morbidly obese, they need to be carried by 6 people using pulley systems into another room. Morbid obesity is not positive. And if your kid is obese, most normal countries would consider that child abuse.

Monday
Community Member
10 months ago

An excellent point I think. Personally I don't see the big deal if someone is overweight but still living a normal life. If you can still move around your home, go out, go shopping or do your daily job and manage your health then who cares? You do you. My issue with it comes in when people cannot walk anymore, just lie in bed or on the sofa all day because they need someone to help them move around and they're physically incapable of even dressing themselves. You can't tell me being totally incapacitated is "beautiful and healthy".

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Zaza
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

Body positivity is not promoting obesity and saying "hey let's all get extra fat because that's a good thing". Obese people know it's not healthy to not be able to fit in a chair or to walk for more than 3 minutes. Just like smokers know smoking is bad and just like drinkers know being an alcoholic is not good for you and junkies know drugs ruins your life and will likely kill you. People don't have to be told what's bad for them, they know. Body positivity is about not shaming people for being extra large or extra skinny, not shaming them if they feel like eating McDonalds or a soft serve on a sunny summer day. It's about people being able to be proud of who they are and not judged for their pants size and not having to hide themselves when they are a larger (or smaller) size. It's about everyone having the right to feel good about themselves, no matter what they look like and no matter how many inches their waist is. And even if you cannot fathom that, it's certainly not up to you to judge others. You don't know their life, you don't know what choices they make and why, or what they might be dealing with. They might prefer a larger size, they might have an illness (physical or mental), they might have all sorts of issues you know nothing about. Be kind and whenever you feel like judging other people publicly look at yourself in the bathroom mirror and repeat "it's none of my business, it's none of my business, it's none of my business" until the urge passes

Abhinc
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

he is kinda right ... obesity is not healthy on a few things. but what he clearly doesn't get is that being fat and obese are two different things. and body positivity is about mental health too !!! obese people don't deserve and need to be criticized and insulted. oh and does he really think very skinny models are healthier ?? does he really think bodybuilders taking chemical pills to erase fat are healthier ?? who is responsible for obesity anyway ?? politicians and corporations !! talk to them. stop blaming the victims !!!

Drive Bee
Community Member
10 months ago

It just seems like a way for him to feel superior.

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Larisa Migachyov
Community Member
10 months ago

Do we stigmatize people for other unhealthy habits and call them disgusting for it? If you never exercise, is it somehow not as disgusting if you're skinny? If you don't get enough sleep, how disgusting are you? That's worse for you than obesity. If you don't have any friends or any social support, you're hurting your health as much as a smoker is - do we hurl invective at lonely people now?

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
10 months ago

You can't really MAKE people sleep more without breaking the law.

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JennyLaRue
Community Member
10 months ago

Body positivity is just about loving your body. If people don't hate their bodies, they'll show it the respect it deserves to live a healthy lifestyle. The guy may well be right, but making those people feel bad about feeling good about themselves will likely have a negative outcome, instead of what he's hoping to achieve.

Iriané Marie Laurentwolff
Community Member
10 months ago

Funny coming from the country where you can have a burger for $1 and a salad for $15 and litres and litres of coke for free

Marno Cameron
Community Member
10 months ago

This guy wants change but he is going about it ALL WRONG. You don't encourage people to change by beating them down and making them feel lower than low. And does he -- and his supporters -- not get that fat people understand their situation? Look at the language that is getting used in the tweet: "evil", "lies", a drain on society, "unethical", "disgusting", "low standard of life", a bad example for children. etc. Would you talk about someone you respect that way? I am fat. I work hard to be the healthiest version of myself I can be. My personal best at the gym was 537 days in a row without missing a workout. But still fat. I have a lot of obstacles in my way. But If I walked into a gym and heard somebody talking about bodies like mine in that way, I would feel so utterly unwelcome and targeted that I would lose heart. At least the people who find me disgusting have the grace to keep their mouths shut while I do my best.

bv7hearts
Community Member
10 months ago

God forbid fat people actually love themselves. /s

Bacony Cakes
Community Member
10 months ago

Nah, it's more Twitter (the ruiner of society) changing this to "If you don't think Carol Yager is the pinnacle of humanity, you are an animal and should be hunted for sport" i'm against.

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Eli Klimentova
Community Member
10 months ago

I have literally set up an account on bored panda just to say this. Body positivity has NEVER claimed obesity is healthy. What it, however, has claimed, is that unless you’re someone’s doctor, you have no way of knowing if that person is obese or not, or what health problems they do or do not have. Many people who appear overweight or obese have stellar test results (ever seen disk throwers at the olympics?) and on the other hand many people who don’t appear particularly large do have obesity-associated issues due to their lifestyle. Many slender people have serious health problems related to their weight too. I’m gonna say it again, louder: UNLESS YOU’RE SOMEONE’S DOCTOR, YOU HAVE NO BUSINESS COMMENTING ON THEIR SIZE OR INFERRING ANYTHING ABOUT THEIR HEALTH. So this guy is coming from a completely misinformed, and frankly quite dangerous place. And shame on you bored panda for spreading this misinformation.

Carrie DeHaven
Community Member
10 months ago

Exactly this. These posts always have hundreds of comments from people who shouldn't.

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AnnaBanana
Community Member
10 months ago

What I don't understand is whose business is it, other than mine, if I'm fat? If someone is overweight, just leave them the hell alone! Stop f*****g with their heads and telling them they're gross, or telling them they need to do something about their weight. THEY KNOW! Just mind your own bloody business!

Amanda Black
Community Member
10 months ago

And you can't hide if you're overweight. Everyone knows.

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CatWoman312
Community Member
10 months ago

He seems like a pretentious fat phobe to me. He’s one of those guys who gets rejected and immediately says, “well you’re fat anyway.” As another commenter said fat people know they’re fat. We know it’s unhealthy. Body positivity is about loving yourself not about fat acceptance. So to all the fat shamers out there, we’re fat not blind and certainly not stupid. Worry about yourself and quit with the unsolicited health advice. That’s what we have doctors for.

Abhinc
Community Member
10 months ago

saw one of his other threads on his twitter account called " 7 Reasons You Must Embrace "Toxic Masculinity" " ... no need to say more i guess right ?

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AdamKingXV
Community Member
10 months ago

What the hell is going on, did this guy pay for all this advertisement? This person is a personal trainer who directly benefits from maintaining strict body standards and shaming those who don't fit into them. I didn't see any concerns over the medical complications of being underweight highlighted here, though I'm sure many more magazine covers show that body standard.

Kevin J. Henning
Community Member
10 months ago

Funny how this excellent point seems to have sailed over the heads of most people reading the article. Including me..I really need to pay more attention.

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Mike Crow
Community Member
10 months ago

Why is junk food so cheap yet food that is good for you so expensive? Why do people make fun of over weight people when they do try to go to the gym and better themselves? Why do people think that body positivity means accepting obesity as a good thing? Why don’t people realize that depression is a major cause of obesity? Why don’t people realize that if people are allowed to love themselves, then they will be less depressed and may start seeking a healthier lifestyle.

Abhinc
Community Member
10 months ago

fast foods should be taxed more to pay for the consequences of their food on public health !! they are evil. they kill people for money. they are the ones to blame. and politicians that allow it too

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Nina
Community Member
10 months ago

All for body positivity, but the guy is right. It's not physically healthy so shouldn't be encouraged to stay significantly overweight. Be comfortable as you are but keep striving to be healthy regardless. It's good to love yourself, but be under no illusions that being overweight is a way to stay.

𝕥𝕠𝕒𝕤𝕥
Community Member
10 months ago

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D S
Community Member
10 months ago

I´m fully behind this idea. We have been putting some healthy lifestyle programs in place at schools here (not US) and besides not selling crap at school, they get healthy lunches, schools provide for fruits and vegetables as snacks, they only get something sweet as a dessert 1 per month, etc... and child obesity has lowered almos 10% in total in the last decade. Right now stuff with added sugar, sodas, etc has an "healthy tax" on it to discourage people to buy it too (we dont have data on it yet though).

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𝕥𝕠𝕒𝕤𝕥
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10 months ago

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Kt
Community Member
10 months ago

I would like to know if all these people were so outraged when magazines had underweight models all over them? Both are unhealthy lifestyles.

Kt
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

And believe me, i know obesity is not healthy. It is a struggle, but for the majority of people it has been caused by themselves (like me). But you can't be outraged and pretend to care for overweight women if you're not also going to care for the underweight ones.

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lammaperson
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

I exercise almost every day, and most of my friends would agree that i am one of the healthiest eaters they know. But i still have belly fat a big thighs . Am i healthy, yes ,am a bigger , yes , am i promoting obesity because i try to love myself, no .(sory for the spelling and grammar lol)

Mewton’s Third Paw
Community Member
10 months ago

You can tell the guy just doesn’t like fat women because of the whole “PC culture” comment. He doesn’t understand what PC culture even is or what “politically correct” means. It doesn’t mean what he thinks it means. I agree obesity is blatantly not healthy but this guy is clueless.

Stille20
Community Member
10 months ago

The guy also said "Do you ever wonder why so many people pass away shortly after they retire? Because they lack purpose"..... WTF... This is not a man we want to take advise from

R L
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

This is truth in that statement, although 'shortly' may be exaggerated. A person who has been working for 40+ years and suddenly finds themselves without a purpose can go into a depression very quickly, and stop caring for themselves.

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Stille20
Community Member
10 months ago

Obesity is not caused by people thinking it is okay to be fat, and being healthy does not come from hating yourself. So we should focus more on the culture that is creating the problem. Fast cheap processed food, working too many hours, stress, self loathing, etc.

Flip
Community Member
10 months ago

Can be. My ex was overweight. His mother thought it looked fabulous. Thinner looked bad to her. If he lost 2 kilo, she'd stuff him full, because he looked so bad.

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Nikki Sevven
Community Member
10 months ago

One thing that a lot of people don't understand is that carrying too much weight for your frame will lead to all kinds of health problems. And it doesn't matter if you're carrying extra fat or extra muscle (like body builders). You're putting undue stress on your internal organs, bones, and joints. By all means, love yourself however you look. But don't say that obesity can be healthy, because it absolutely cannot.

islajane
Community Member
10 months ago

There is a difference between being dangerously obese and not having a perfect body. Body positivity isn’t just about being overweight it’s about other normal insecurities as well. Things like bloating, hip dips, acne, a little extra stomach fat, stretch marks, etc. So I do agree that people should be educated on the risks of being obese but body positivity/body image is still important to have. Being extremely overweight isn’t healthy but having some extra fat is okay.

Cynthia Bonville
Community Member
10 months ago

So a) back that up with science - you can't because these are vague statements that cover populations not a person and some are just vague opinions and b) what is your goal here? This language is best left between a person and their doctor, shame makes things worse. If your goal is health then start by having a healthy appreciation for everyone on a personal level (which is what body positivity is) and health, overall health will follow. I mean, we could talk about your drinking binges and cigarette use and it's affect on your health but I am sure that is your personal choice and you'd be offended.

Knoura
Community Member
10 months ago

I’m fat, I get it. I’m also in pain everyday. No, I don’t eat right because it takes too many spoons. I take meds for my mental health which means my physical health suffers. I have absolutely no esteem when it comes to my body. I take no pleasure seeing women in tight clothes that don’t fit. But if they feel comfortable, more power to them.

Gin
Community Member
10 months ago

The anti-depressants I took caused thyroid problems and I put weight on. Stopped taking them and the weight came off. As being fat was making me depressed they weren't actually helping. I'm in a lot of pain too - it's tough it really is.

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Marissa Voleta
Community Member
10 months ago

When we see someone's life deteriorating due to drugs and alcohol, we encourage them to love themselves enough to get well, and then continue to love themselves to maintain health. I find this all to be a similar situation. But it's curious how we'll cut people out of our lives for drugs because we can't stand to see them destroy themselves anymore, or we'll yell and point, "JUNKIE!" in the streets....but can't call someone overweight...and moreover are pressured to call them beautiful and healthy. Seems kinda weird.....

Flip
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

That's just as bad. They do that with smokers too.

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GirlFriday
Community Member
10 months ago

So many people think that healthy equals a certain clothing size. The body positivity movement is about being able to love yourself and take care of yourself at a size 14 and not just at a size 4. Lizzo is a prime example of how body positivity is a good thing. She turned her confidence in herself at morbidly obese into self-care and adopted a healthier lifestyle, and while she may never be the "ideal" (according to the media) size 4, she can eat healthy and exercise regularly and take steps towards healthier.

Neil Bidle
Community Member
10 months ago

I agree with this guy, why should it be frowned upon for a medical professional to tell a fat person that they are fat. Don't want to get shamed and insulted in the street? Cool, that's not nice so fine. Want your doctor to lie to you and not use the word "fat" because it makes you sad? Tough. I HATE the phrase "my truth" because that usually means LIE, just like when the Markle uses it. Making s**t up used to be called lying, now it's "my truth".

Becky Samuel
Community Member
10 months ago

Do you think there's a single morbidly obese person who *doesn't* know that they're fat? Considering how doctors use the excuse of a patient being 'fat' to palm off all their health problems, refuse to run proper diagnostics, and fail to run proper tests, why not get angry about that instead?

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Cian Thomas McHugh
Community Member
10 months ago

I believe that, like all things, it should be in moderation. Don't be cruel to people who are a bit overweight, but don't let unhealthiness be fine.

Rannveig Ess
Community Member
10 months ago

There's a difference between "overweight" and "morbidly obese". I know plenty of "fat" people who are that way because they can't exercise or are restricted in ways that means they can't be as active as they'd like. Many people don't have the money to eat well and fast food/ cheap food is full of sugar, crap, fats and no nutrition. That aside - I have lost 2 family members to morbid obesity. This is an eating disorder. It's an addiction, just as being addicted to heroin or video games or gambling is. You can't just stop eating, you can't just get lectured or shamed into stopping anymore than an alcoholic can. One cousin died at 620 pounds last year. It took a LONG long time to get there. Her kids tried. We all tried. Doctors tried. She'd sit and shoot up her insulin while eating, so she could keep on shoving sugar into her. It was horrific to watch. Mental illness shouldn't be blown off with "be happy with yourself". People need help when it's out of control.

Rens
Community Member
10 months ago

Everything in the USA has HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) in it, subsidised by its government. HFCS should be BANNED!!!! No, I don't feel strongly about this at all!!

Rens
Community Member
10 months ago

I've been a plus size for most of my life. I have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) and eventually diagnosed with Adenomyosis. Both these conditions affected my weight and lifestyle (Adenomyosis is a chronic condition) About 7 years ago I drastically lost weight, from a UK28 to a UK14. I could not reconcile with the image I saw in the mirror; that's when I realised that I hated my body, not my weight. Over time the weight came back; I now have Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME and my mobility is very limited. Despite this, and the meds I take, my liver and kidney function are normal, I'm not even pre-diabetic, have low to normal cholesterol. I take BP meds due to constriction of blood vessels and I'm waiting for further diagnosis. I love my body, fat rolls, stretch marks, wobbly bits and all. I am overweight but HEALTHY despite my chronic illnesses which are NOT related to my weight.

Rens
Community Member
10 months ago

My Fibromyalgia and CFS were manageable until 3 years ago when I had a massive traumatic event.

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NIko Niko
Community Member
10 months ago

I am not entirely in or against this statement. It is without a doubt that obesity is not healthy. However, obese people are not idiots who believe it is. The point is that losing weight is not easy. It requires time and strong will. I think that body positivity exists mostly to soothe one's psyche rather than make you believe being fat is ok from a medical point of view. At the same time, looking at the cited cosmopolitan cover, I can understand the speaker as well. The words used to present it are wrong. Would have been better if the text was "This isn't shameful!" rather than "This is healthy!".

Something
Community Member
10 months ago

People are not obese on purpose. People who are against body positivity talk as though there were a reverse anorexia epidemic. There isn't. Feeling bad about being obese is not the cure to obesity.

Kt
Community Member
10 months ago

You're correct but we also have to encourage overweight/obese people to take accountability sometimes. It's a very small number of people who are overweight due to medical issues or medications;majority will be like me and food is just far too good. Who wants to eat healthy and exercise?! Not me! But i also only have myself to blame for being overweight because i know how to change. I dont need a 'coach' like this dude to do it; hes toxic. But something does need to be done to educate people and help with taking accountability and fixing relationships with food and exercise. Men like this guy DO NOT HELP though.

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Moo Moo Futch
Community Member
10 months ago

I think the point of body positivity isn't about health so much, it's about being respected. I've been skinny and I am now currently overweight due to medication and health issues which forced me to become less mobile. Now I've put on weight I have been spoken to and treated like I am the most disgusting thing they have ever seen. Believe me no one who is overweight knows it's healthy. It's about being seen as a human worthy of love and respect just like everyone else.

Frank Ropen
Community Member
10 months ago

COVID-19 doesn't care about body positivity. If your heart is already under stress because of your body, COVID-19 has a higher death rate.