I’m going to need everyone, but particularly women claiming the label of feminist, to knock it the fuck off with their pious handwringing about whether or not body positivity is encouraging too many women to feel good about themselves. I couldn’t think of anything that’s less your business than someone else’s health and body.
There are so few measures of health visible to the naked eye, especially to people not trained as medical professionals, that your healthy/unhealthy bullshit absolutely reeks of the same old “it’s okay to love yourself if you’re chubby with tits and a big ass and thighs, as long as you’ve got a tiny waist and an hour glass figure, but knock it the fuck off if you’ve got a belly or fat arms and legs” which is just the same old patriarchal body policing in nicer packaging. Are we only allowed to feel good about our bodies if they can be sexualized? At what BMI or body fat percentage or cholesterol level are we allowed to love ourselves, and at what line, oh wise one, should we be pushed back into the arms of the exploitative, unproven, and dangerous diet industry? Tell me when I should love myself and when I should be sucking down diet pills and starving myself and getting parts of my stomach amputated so as not to cause you any distress.
I can’t think of anything less counter-productive to making people healthy than discouraging them from loving themselves and their bodies. You want people to be healthy? Encourage them to love themselves and care for themselves no matter what they look like — unless of course you don’t give a shit about health, and what you’re really after is attractiveness and conformity. “Unhealthy” people aren’t required to martyr themselves for your comfort. People aren’t required to conform to your arbitrary fucking standards before they’re allowed to stop hating themselves. Mind your fucking business, stop policing other people, stay in your fucking lane.