Dangers of the “Body Positivity” Movement

I’ve been debating on opening this can of worms, and like a man should, I’m going to kick it open and fling shit all over the walls.

I originally found out about the “Body Positivity Movement” due to an incident on Instagram where an obese girl’s account got temporarily deleted after she posted a photo of herself wearing only lingerie.

First of all, I believe the media narrative about the girl’s photo violating Instagram’s “no nudity” policy was completely contrived and was only being used to fuel the argument.

I have not delved too deeply into it, but I have yet to see an actual statement from Instagram confirming the removal happened due to “nudity.” All I’ve seen thus far have been assumptions made by the media.

Secondly, I do not believe we should be supportive of this type of behavior, despite the “good intentions” behind the movement.

Here’s why…

How many young, impressionable girls are on Instagram?

That was a question that’s made many, many companies lots and lots of money.

But it’s also more than that.

In one camp you have people screaming that girls are impressed by the impossible standards set by what Hollywood considers “hot.” We all know this causes girls to be anorexic or bulimic trying to meet these standards…

But that deals with “skinny” people doesn’t it?

“Nothing is wrong with them; they just need to eat more,” people will say.

But the world flips out when someone states the exact inverse.

I say promoting these obese bodies across social media is not the right course of action, and all that it’s doing is impressing young girls into staying obese and not striving to be healthy.

I say nothing is wrong with them; they just need to eat less

I’ll pause for a second to let the haters call me an asshole in the comment section below…

You back? Good.

Before Transformation

This was me several years ago right at the beginning of my fitness journey. No muscle, swollen face, and a beer gut… definitely not somewhere I thought I’d ever be. I turned that train around and now I’m in the best shape of my life. You can too.

Now, let me set this straight.

I’ve been fat. Not obese, but fat.

(I’ve also been super skinny.)

And I can tell you without a doubt, that as my body fat percentage increased, my overall sense of well-being decreased.

My moods were terrible. I had constant aches and pains. I was always uncomfortable physically. I had terrible sleep quality. I had frequent headaches. I would get winded trying to climb stairs.

And most importantly, I had zero confidence because I didn’t feel attractive physically.

With that said, I’ll say whatever the fuck I want about fat people.

Because I’ve been there.

I don’t care about any of this politically correct, pamper-everyone’s-feelings bullshit. With me, you get it raw, and if calling someone skinny is socially acceptable (which it is), then calling someone fat is socially acceptable as well.

Both are life choices, and everyone is capable of changing their body composition with the proper diet and exercise, barring any medical conditions.

If you’re fat and unhappy with your life, get off your ass and make a change. It’s not that hard.

You simply stop shoving food in your mouth and move around more.

It’s not rocket science.

“Healthy At Any Size” Is Bullshit

You can be beautiful if you put down the fucking food. It’s that simple.

We should be encouraging these obese girls to feel confident and attractive in their own body for self-esteem issues, but we should also be encouraging them to make the proper diet and exercise choices to bring their weight back down to an acceptable range.

The Body Positivity Movement claims you can be “healthy at any size,” but I call bullshit.

That’s a complete farce built on top of the already faulty body mass index (BMI).

BMI only takes into account height and weight, and spits out a rating for whether you are underweight, normal weight, overweight, or obese. I don’t understand how this method hasn’t been ruled obsolete by the medical industry yet, but whatever.

The important indicator for someone’s health is not height and weight, but rather body fat percentage.

Healthy body fat percentages include physiques we would consider ripped, athletic, slender, average, chubby, and fat.

What is important to note is that unhealthy body fat percentages fall within the underweight and obese categories.

Which means, just like it is unhealthy for a male bodybuilder to be at his contest body fat percentage of under 3-5% for an extended period of time, it is also unhealthy for an obese male to stay above 25% body fat (this would be roughly under 11% or over 32% for a female).

Too much or too little body fat is detrimental to your health, and medical research supports this.

This is why we need to encourage obese people to correct their diets and engage in physical activity to bring down their weight.

Now, when it comes to the attraction part of this debate, that’s a whole different topic.

Ass & Titties

Attraction is subjective, and mostly biological in nature (which is an entirely different topic I’ll cover later as well).

Personally, I am not attracted to skeleton girls or land whales.

I’m attracted to physiques in the middle, girls with some “meat on their bones” (notice I said meat, not fat).

To me, there is nothing sexier than lean, thick thighs on a woman.

And guess what?

What is attractive to you is allowed to be different than what is attractive to me!

But no one can force me to think that someone that is super fat or obese is attractive to me – they just aren’t – and many other people hold that opinion as well.

And guess what? That really sucks as a fat person.

But you know what else sucks?

When someone isn’t attracted to you because you are too skinny, or too muscular, or too short, or too tall, or too much of an asshole.

It’s all subjective! Not everyone is required to be attracted to everyone else. That’s life, Buttercup!

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If you’re overweight, why not make today the day you change your life?

Nick Hagood
Masculinity Rising