The body positive police are out for blood yet again. Lizzo, chart-topping musician and fat acceptance icon, is under fire for posting some diet-related content on her TikTok.
All the Drama over a Detox
She recently posted a montage of her “10-day smoothie detox,” which included clips of her drinking beauty water, alkaline water, and a few green smoothies, as well as clips of her snacking on apples and peanut butter, cashews, and a vegan protein bar. She also shared clips of herself in the bathtub for a detox soak in herbs and using detox foot pads. And then came the backlash.
The internet was in an uproar over Lizzo’s 10-day detox. She was accused of perpetuating “diet culture” and furthering an unhealthy weight-loss narrative.
She was accused of perpetuating “diet culture” and furthering an unhealthy weight-loss narrative.
Lizzo responded promptly. She unapologetically defended herself for switching up her diet. “I feel like as a big girl, people expect if you are doing something for health, you’re doing it for a dramatic weight loss, and that is not the case,” she said in a follow-up video on TikTok. "In reality, November stressed me the f--- out. I drank a lot, I ate a lot of spicy things and things that f---ed my stomach up. I wanted to reverse it and get back to where I was.”
“I’m so proud of myself. I’m proud of my results,” she continued. “My sleep has improved, my hydration, my inner peace, my mental stability, my f---ing body, my f---ing skin, the whites of my eyes, I feel and look like a bad b--- — and that’s it."
In the caption she wrote, “Big girls do whatever u want with your bodies!!!”
Shortly after, many fans came to her defense and praised her for being outspoken. Lizzo’s latest TikTok video, posted today, was a montage of herself wearing lingerie, posing nude for the camera, showering, and eating pizza. The caption said, “To Every Body, with love.”
Why Does the Body Positivity Movement Reject Healthy Choices?
Much of this reminds us of both Adele’s and Rebel Wilson’s weight loss, which sparked a lot of backlash in the body positivity community. Many women wrote about how they felt betrayed by these women, who were previously icons among body positivity advocates, and their weight loss.
Lizzo was under fire for drinking some green juices and snacking on nuts and apples.
Although Lizzo wasn’t under fire for losing weight, she was under fire for drinking some green juices and snacking on nuts and apples — which is perhaps even more problematic. The body positivity movement claims to help women find a healthier self-image, increase self-confidence, and simply feel more comfortable in their own skin. So why does it feel like the movement has turned into a witch hunt for overweight or obese women who either choose to eat healthy or lose weight?
It feels all too common these days to see overweight celebrities get criticized for changing their lifestyle for the better, which doesn’t seem to align with a movement that claims to lift up women and encourage them to be happier and healthier.