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Has the body positivity movement accomplished anything? Show more Show less
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The body positive movement has the view that "every body is beautiful" and has been championed acceptance and inclusion for years. Despite this, critics are quick to point out not enough has been done to include all people or that it indulges unhealthy behaviors. What has this movement actually accomplished?

Yes, the body positivity movement has had positive impact in the world Show more Show less

The body positive movement has sparked a radical shift away from eras where people's clothes and dietary habits were forced to change with the latest fashion. As the movement gains traction, more people accept who they are and can live their lives free of physical insecurity.
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Body positivity disincentivizes dangerous eating disorders and weight-loss initiatives

When society upholds dangerous standards of body types, people of all genders feel pressured to conform to them - even to the extent that they will develop an eating disorder or take dangerous weight-loss medications.
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When society upholds dangerous standards of beauty, such as the potentially unattainable Kardashian-type body (skinny and curvy, somehow at the same time) this can push people to dangerous means to conform to societal pressures and achieve this body. Some means can include eating disorders to lose weight, weight loss pills and teas that increase the metabolism at the risk of a heart attack, fad diets that are not scientifically backed, and potentially excessive plastic surgery. When people love their own bodies and are encouraged by popular culture to do so, this removes the incentive for people to go to exaggerated means to create their desired body for themselves.

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Instead of being an inclusive movement for all body types, body positivity has lead to a "reverse ideal body type" where being skinny is now shameful. This has caused an equally harmful movement where people strive to have the body types idealized by body positivity, sometimes to the extent where it costs them their own health or well-being.

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