Blogger Tells Fit Women & Diet Pushers That 'Body Positivity' Is Not for Them & the Internet Is Cheering


Unless you've been living under a rock, then you've probably heard of -- or have seen on Instagram -- the powerful, much-embraced body positivity movement, or the idea that every body is worthy and equal. In a society where only thin and straight-sized bodies are heralded as beautiful and desired, the movement is a real necessity in the plus-size community and its long-needed message has been catching fire. Unfortunately, because of its wild popularity, the movement has now become commercialized -- and as plus-size blogger Stephanie Yeboah recently called out -- exploited. Yep, the fitness and diet industry are undermining the movement and its message of self-acceptance and self-love for the very people it is meant to lift up and celebrate.

  • To make her point, Yeboah points out the upcoming book, "Body Positive," which is a "recipe and fitness book" by reality star Louise Thompson.

    According to the book's publisher, Bookseller, Thompson's book aims "to inspire readers to make lasting changes, break the cycle of self-destructive habits and build a strong body and positive mind to be proud of."

    The book details Thompson's past year, in which she "dramatically improved her life and overall state of mind" through fitness and dieting. In essence, her book urges a message of weight loss, and changing your body to better fit into the standards of beauty, which goes against the real meaning of the book's title.
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  • On Twitter, Yeboah expressed how Thompson and her book were misconstruing the body positivity movement.

    "The book is essentially a diet and workout book," she continued on Twitter. "This is what is wrong with society classing 'BoPo' as mainstream."

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  • At its core, body positivity is meant for those marginalized due to having bodies not valued by society, aka they're not slim or straight-sized.

    Yeboah went on to call what Thompson did with her book to be "extremely annoying" -- although she's far from the first. 

    "People who fall within what society considers beautiful have hijacked yet another movement and have molded it to fit their diet industry agenda," she continued. These days, many people are saying that losing weight in order to feel better over looking "better," or accepting smaller and more fit bodies and their insecurities, is what it means to be body positive. But that completely misses the mark because the need for the movement is that fat bodies are the ones most shamed by society. 

  • Body positivity has nothing to do with fitness or dieting -- it is about fat acceptance.

    Historically, the movement can be traced back to the 1960s, where activists fought against the stigma put against them when it came to medical and health mistreatment, according to Fusion

  • Due to its recent explosion, people are now encroaching on the space in order to profit off of it.

    "What about this book screams 'size acceptance'?" Yeboah wrote. Nothing, since Thompson's book literally tells readers how to change their bodies.

  • She continued to say how she would rather the body positivity movement be relabelled as "fat positivity."

    "The movement has forgotten about the very bodies it was created to protect," she wrote. "There's now a new standard of beauty within body positivity, and it makes me sick."

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  • Essentially, the problem is that Thompson and her book take away from the voices who need the movement most, like Yeboah and other marginalized bodies.

    Thompson can promote her diet and workout book, but she can't label it with body positivity, Yeboah wrote.

  • People who read Yeboah's tweets applauded her for speaking out against the pending future of the movement.

    "Ahhhhh thank you," one person commented. "If I have to hear another thin woman say, 'Well, I've been told I need to eat a sandwich! It hurt my feelings!' while I'm over here like, 'Have strangers on the street fucking jeered at you because you are too thin? No? Take a seat.'"

    Hopefully, more body positivity movement members like Yeboah speak out for the right to rightfully celebrate their bodies.

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