Body Positivity Movement

Body positivity is a social movement focused on the acceptance of all bodies, regardless of size, shape, skin tone, gender, and physical abilities, while challenging present-day beauty standards as an undesirable social construct. Proponents focus on the appreciation of the functionality and health of the human body, instead of its physiological appearance.

Ostensible definition of “body positivity”, Wikipedia

The body positivity movement has been criticized for encouraging lifestyle habits that negatively affect one’s health. A central complaint is that excessive approval of overweight and obese individuals could dissuade them from desiring to improve their health, leading to lifestyle disease. Among health professionals, agreement with the movement is very low. A 2012 study found that among a sample of 1,130 trainee dietitians, nutritionist, nurses and medical doctors, only 1.4% had “positive or neutral attitudes” regarding excess body fat. According to internist Aditi G Jha, M.D., “central obesity is the number one factor associated with diabetes, hypertension, and infertility, in their respective orders.” The body positivity movement is sometimes discussed as a “denial of science”.

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