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People keep sharing that post about how the body positive movement is flawed because it focuses on beauty and whatever, and like … that is how it’s been warped, both by the media and being co-opted by thin people, to be some sort of stand-in for liking how you look, or something. However, in its original form, body positivity meant fat liberation and accepting all bodies as they are, regardless of health or beauty or ability. Check out Virgie Tovar, Kath Read, Sonya Renee Taylor, Kelly Augustine, Lesley Kinzel, etc. Even though the movement isn’t what it once was, it does everyone a disservice to erase its origins (which are, ironically, basically the solutions described in said critiques).

“The reality is that fat people are often supported in hating their bodies, in starving themselves, in engaging in unsafe exercise, and in seeking out weight loss by any means necessary. A thin person who does these things is considered mentally ill. A fat person who does these things is redeemed by them. This is why our culture has no concept of a fat person who also has an eating disorder. If you’re fat, it’s not an eating disorder — it’s a lifestyle change.”
— Lesley Kinzel