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The Student News Site of Van Nuys High School

The Mirror

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The Mirror

Absolutely it would. Perhaps you inferred this when I spoke about my personal experience with being overweight. But that is just that: my personal experience, in which I did not love the person I saw in the mirror. I wish I had more love for myself during my weight loss process, and I encourage those who seek a healthier lifestyle to love themselves. However, the vast majority of modern fat acceptance and body positivity movements I have cited are not letting people know that no matter where they are on their health/weight loss journey, they are beautiful. How can they, when it isn’t a journey, but stagnation, that is being promoted? The accompanying diagram is an accurate representation of the message that most body positivity movements on social media and other online platforms spread. I believe the message to be harmful because it promotes being complacent at dangerously high weights. The message is appealing, yet destructive. There is no call for making healthy changes, nor attempts to lose weight. Instead, it promotes living however you want even if it means feeding into self-destructive behaviors. If the diagram instead showed this individual doing what he could to live a physically healthier lifestyle—like going for a walk or choosing a healthier diet— I would be the first to applaud this modern version of body positivity.

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