The Dark Side Of Body Positivity

Body positivity may be marketed as a lighthearted, accepting movement that helps women feel more confident in their own skin, but there's a dark side to it that seems to be getting darker by the minute.

By Gina Florio4 min read

British body positive influencer Megan Jayne Crabbe, who goes by BodyPosiPanda, recently made a public announcement that she was joining the queer community because she is now pansexual. In an interview on YouTube alongside a trans activist, she claimed that it would have been impossible for her to get to her label of pansexuality if it hadn’t been for her body positivity. The clip previewing this video showed a meme of two hands shaking, one labeled queerness and the other labeled body positivity. 

Crabbe’s fans praised her for her bravery and thanked her for her honesty. But many others couldn’t help but question whether the whole thing was a parody at first. Those of us who are familiar with the early years of body positivity know it was once a celebration of natural bodies, such as women with a C-section scar or someone who was curvier than the heroin chic, rail-thin model that ruled the 1990s. But the movement has turned into something completely different – unrecognizable, even. 

Body Positivity Promotes Unhealthy Behaviors

The body positivity movement has stirred significant debate in recent years, with opinions ranging from support for its supposedly compassion-driven message to criticisms of it as a toxic and manipulative trend. The movement advocates for embracing your body as it is, regardless of societal beauty standards, but it has faced backlash for encouraging unhealthy behaviors and overeating while masquerading as an empathetic movement.

Much of the recent controversy stems from a Cosmopolitan magazine cover featuring obese models with the headline "This is healthy!" Critics argue that such portrayals distort the reality of health and wellness. While body positivity is often seen as promoting self-love, detractors claim that it fosters destructive habits and avoids personal responsibility and discipline, which are essential for overall well-being.

More than 40% of the population is clinically obese.

In a country where more than 40% of the population is clinically obese, it’s tone-deaf at best to show people photos of obese women and tell them that they are somehow considered healthy. Other similar articles, such as “What the future of fitness really looks like” from Self magazine, feature a clinically obese model and discuss things like “anti-fat bias” in the fitness industry. Reality seems to be funnier than parody these days, and that’s especially true in the body positivity movement. 

To make matters worse, the people who are creating this content (writers, editors, editorial directors, executives of media companies, etc.) are thin, fit individuals who would never let themselves be a size 14. Many women are waking up to the fact that they are being sold a lie by rich, healthy people who just want to sell some magazines, get more followers online, and make women feel temporarily better about themselves and their poor health. 

Beyond these criticisms, there are economic interests at play. The body positivity movement benefits industries like fashion and dieting, as it keeps consumers in need of products and services to address their insecurities and health concerns. Unhealthy customers who seek solutions are more lucrative for these industries, including and especially the pharmaceutical industry. Although it’s wrapped up in a pretty little bow of compassion, the body positivity movement is much more concerned with profit. 

But this is really just the tip of the iceberg. There is a sickness in the body positivity industry that is growing darker by the minute, infiltrating the minds of young women and slowly encouraging destruction in their lives. 

Body Positivity Has a Dangerously Dark Side 

Body positivity is often used on the woke oppression scale to make people believe they are disadvantaged in life. There are entire social media accounts devoted to shedding light on the so-called discrimination that obese individuals face in day-to-day life, such as the size of airplane seats for large people or the lack of motorized chairs made available to those who are overweight. Just like any other intersectional, liberal movement, body positivity presents itself as a helpful movement, but it actually is rooted in something much darker. 

Body positivity is inseparable from the intersectionality that contains boundaryless gender theory (which goes so far as to suggest that children are sexual and should be able to consent to sexual experiences), critical race theory (which claims that white people are inherently racist), modern feminism (which promotes on-demand abortion up until the moment of birth), and many other Marxist ideologies that aim to see the whole world through the lens of oppressor vs. oppressed.

This is an inherently dangerous melting pot of ideas to submerge young women into, and yet that’s exactly what body positivity does. It lures women in with the pretense that it’s all about compassion and self-love, but it ends up being an easy pipeline into things like pansexuality (as Crabbe has shown), gender theory, radical feminism, and much more. It’s no wonder so many body positive activists are so heavily involved with the LGBT movement, like Crabbe. Tess Holliday is another example. She has long been the face of fat acceptance and body positivity, even showing up on the cover of Cosmopolitan as the token fat cover girl. In 2019, she declared herself to be pansexual (just a few years before Crabbe), and she very often posts content online in support of transgenderism and drag.

Many young, impressionable women who are struggling with body image, mental health, and obesity believe they are finding solace in the body positivity movement, and so they get sucked into the ideology. Soon enough, these young women are being taught that it’s not enough to be fat positive. Now you have to be a diehard feminist who supports abortion on demand because, after all, women are supposed to support women, right? Now, you have to be a supporter of Black Lives Matter because women of color are more oppressed than any other demographic. Now, you have be an ally for the trans movement because trans women are real women.

These are the kinds of dark ideologies that are being shoved down the throats of insecure women who were initially trying to find encouragement and solace in the body positivity movement. Soon enough, they find themselves knee-deep in intersectionality. No good can come of it, considering the fact that the more liberal women are, the more likely they are to be mentally ill, on anti-depressants, and generally unhappy. Research has long shown that women who support these far-left ideas are much unhappier than women who are either moderate or conservative. This does not bode well for women who are already struggling with their physical health. 

Body positivity will likely continue to evolve even further in the direction of leftist ideologies.

Recent data reveals that a substantial percentage of liberal women, particularly those aged 18 to 29, identify as LGBT, and there has been a considerable increase in the number of Gen Z individuals identifying as LGBT in recent years. Much research has shown that LGBT individuals tend to struggle with mental health issues at higher rates compared to other demographics. As a result, the elevated proportion of liberals, many of whom identify as LGBT, reporting mental health conditions is not surprising.

A 2020 survey highlights the mental health disparities between white liberal women and conservative women. In the age group of 18 to 29, 56% of white liberal women reported being diagnosed with a mental health condition, compared to 27% of their conservative counterparts in the same age bracket. Among women aged 30 to 49, 40% of liberal women reported mental health conditions, whereas only 26% of conservative women in the same age group did.

Body positivity will likely continue to evolve even further in the direction of leftist ideologies. We’re only seeing the beginning of the pipeline from body positivity to LGBT and similar movements. Sadly, more and more girls are falling prey to the body positivity messaging, as it’s bombarding them from all angles, which means that more and more girls will also follow the dark path of woke leftist intersectionality, leaving them more unhappy and depressed than ever before. 

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