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Is The Body Positivity Campaign All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

I believe that celebrating your body’s unique shape and size is incredibly important! However, I can’t help but think that some people are taking advantage of this campaign and using it as an excuse to not lose weight. Before I get crucified for that statement hear me out.

I have never been small. When I was younger I was always the tallest and roundest girl in my class, and in every picture, you could pick me out like a sore thumb. Throughout my entire school career, I was always treated differently, bullied, and I came to the realization that I could not do certain things that my classmates could do. Like, run the mile in under 15 minutes. For awhile this was hard on me and I attempted several times to lose weight but never really came close to succeeding so eventually I just accepted the way I was and for a while that was fine.

Recently I have found that clothes that fit are harder to come by and thus I have to order from expensive brand name clothing stores in order to get clothes that fit right. I am 20 years old now and so I started going to an actual doctor and I found that my blood pressure was slightly elevated. My lifestyle that I had chosen to accept was slowly killing me and making life harder to enjoy.

Since I was a freshman in high school the media has changed its view on over-weight people and has become more accepting since not all of us are blessed with cookie cutter figures. Honestly, I think that is great! When I thought about how much weight I would have to lose to look like a VS model I quit before I started. Now that I see that if I lose 100 lbs I will be at an “average” weight. I know 100 lbs is a lot but it’s doable.

However, I have started to realize a trend among the over-weight community and I don’t think I like it. Some women are using the “body positivity campaign” as an excuse to not get healthy, because “people should accept them how they are.” This not about “people” this is about you. The goal here is to live a long and happy life and to be with your friends and family as long as possible. I know people use this campaign as an excuse because I did for several years. It is how I talked myself into buying brand name plus size clothing and embrace my body as it was.

To be frank, I am not talking about the curvy girls who rock it every day, but if you weight 450 lbs and up you should think about a serious lifestyle change. This is not about shaming yourself into hating your body so you can lose weight. This is about loving yourself enough to improve your body and become healthier.

Be A Better You!

I had to learn this lesson for myself and to be completely honest no one has the right to tell you what to do with your body ( do you hear me Trump) but when your weight and eat habits affect your health and you choose to do nothing about it, then you have already lost. It will not kill you to walk around the neighborhood every once in awhile, or cut back on fast food, or go to the gym…. I promise you will live. Hell, I promise that you will live longer if you do all that.

At the beginning of the year, I didn’t plan on making a weight-loss new years resolution. In fact, I make the same resolution every single year and every year I have succeeded. Every year I strive to be a better person than I was the year before and this year that plan just happen to include going to the gym. I didn’t plan on going to the gym every day, but now I honestly couldn’t imagine going more than 1 day without going to the gym or getting some form of vigorous exercise. Also, I didn’t plan on eating any healthier, honestly, I did not think my eating habits were that bad compared to others but since I started going to the gym I have cut back on high-calorie foods. I didn’t want to start a “diet” where you eat basically nothing and suffer the whole time

Also, I didn’t plan on eating any healthier, honestly, I did not think my eating habits were that bad compared to others but since I started going to the gym I have cut back on high-calorie foods. I didn’t want to start a “diet” where you eat basically nothing and suffer the whole time because I wanted to do this my way, which is gradually letting go of all the bad foods in my life and allowing myself to “cheat” every once in awhile without beating myself up about it.

I want to be able to really love my body not just accept it. You don’t have to kill yourself in order to be healthier. You have to play the long game.