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Reasons to Track #BodyPositive Movement

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Dutch scientists have observed that as teenagers use social media more frequently their impression of their own bodies become more negative.

Nine in 10 American women are currently unhappy with their bodies; eight in 10 say that images of women in the media make them feel insecure. These insecure feelings begin early and continue throughout adulthood.

Body image is a global phenomenon. Women in different countries express varying levels of self-confidence in their own bodies. In the United States, self-confidence in body image is lower than in countries that are usually viewed as more traditional or repressive to women, including Turkey and India.

When we talk about #bodypositivity, people’s fatness is usually front and center. But what defines fat? One standard is the body mass index, or BMI. Developed in the 1970s, a person’s BMI is calculated through a formula that uses one’s weight and height as factors. Calculate your own BMI. This table identifies the BMI categories and ranges.

CategoryBMI Range
Normal weight18.5–24.9
Obesity30 or greater

Source: National Institutes of Health

Today, BMI is one of the most widely used standards in public health, but it is not without controversy. Specifically, if a person’s body is not the “typical” shape, their BMI can be a misleading indicator to the actual health of that individual. Artist Pink spoke out on this point after her recent pregnancy.

Does the #bodypositive movement discriminate against skinny people? Is it a cover for obesity? While these claims have been put into the ether they potentially reach to the core of what the movement stands for, so they probably should not be dismissed without further discussion. Here are a few stories to help start the conversation:  

  • The Problem with Thin PrivilegeRefinery29
  • Does Body Positivity Encourage Obesity?, The Doctors
  • Masking Body Shaming as Body Positivity, Affinity
  • How ‘Body Positivity’ Lost Its True And Radical Meaning, Dazed

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