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?
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The goals of the body positivity movement center around promoting acceptance of people's differences. Despite this, some people take these views to extremes, using them to validate unhealthy behavior or promote their own agenda. These people undermine the progress the movement has made and serve as fuel for its critics.
When Adele's weight loss hit the news, suddenly everyone had an opinion on the matter. Headlines shouted how good she looks now, but some within the body positive community saw this change in a different light. Among these were comments that they could no longer relate to the singer-songwriter.
The body positivity movement is one which attempts to create a safe space for everyone to feel accepted. Yet, judging others by their weight, or the steps they take to find what's right for them, either by gaining or losing weight, should go against the very principles they are fighting for.
The core of the movement is certainly well-meaning, but there are people who use it as a platform to exclude others who maybe can't relate to the experiences they may have gone through, either because they are seen as "not fat enough" or more conventionally beautiful. This movement should be for everyone, and excluding people only minimizes the outreach and value of body positivity.
The core of the movement still helps people worldwide in accepting themselves. Body positivity is a growing movement and it has had a visible positive impact on media and the advertising industry. It has a long way to go, but it is headed in the right direction.