Buzzwords like “diversity” and “body positive” are being used on a more frequent basis, promoting inclusivity and a celebration of differences. However, this does not come without opposition as questions arise when looking at the body positive movement and its impacts.
According to Mallorie Dunn, founder of body positive fashion line Smart Glamour, this movement “means accepting the body you have as well as the changes in shape, size, and ability it may undergo due to nature, age, or your own personal choices throughout your lifetime. It’s the understanding that your worth and what’s going on with you physically are two separate entities — that no matter what’s happening inside, outside, or to your body, you’re still just as worthwhile as the person next to you”.
Since this movement has taken off in recent years, questions arise concerning whether the movement is beneficial or detrimental to society. As larger bodies showcase their selves and embrace not being a norm, some people believe that this is promoting obesity and glorifying bad health.
An example of this is taken from the recent Tess Holiday cover for Cosmopolitan magazine, where 300lb Tess was ridiculed by some but praised by others:
With all that being said, should people make assumptions about someone’s health by just looking at them? And is there just one body that epitomises being “fit”?
I asked a few girls from the fitness industry this question. This video gives a rough idea of what the general and fit conscious public think.
Disclaimer: these are the opinions of the girls. This does not mean what they say or think is facts.
Special thanks to all the girls who got involved!