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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 has allowed people to feel comfortable in their own bodies

Through an intentional movement of inclusion for bodies of color, disabled bodies, and bodies of all sizes, people of marginalized identities can feel loved, accepted, and confident as themselves.
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The Argument

The body positivity movement is based on a simple premise - that all bodies, not just those held up by a societal ideal, deserve to be loved, taken care of, and valued. This is not because they hold some kind of particular value or look aesthetically appealing, but because they are a body that belongs to someone, and that in itself is enough. For those with bodies that fall outside of the conventional norm, they might begin to hear narratives for the first time in their lives that their own bodies are appreciated. This can boost peoples' self-esteem and help them feel more confident as themselves, as opposed to prior feelings of insecurity.

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Body positivity focuses on the demographic of fat, white, cis-gendered, and able-bodied women, leaving behind many of the people who are also affected by negative body-image issues.

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