Body positive: the ignorance of the body problem or the new standard of health?

Body positivity has its underlying foundations in the fat acknowledgment development of the last part of the 1960s. "The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance was first settled in 1969 and kept on attempting to change how individuals talk about weight," (Cherry 2020). The expression "body-positive" arose in 1996 when a psychotherapist and a person who had experienced treatment for a dietary problem established the site: The site offers assets and informational materials intended to assist people with having a decent outlook on their bodies by removing the concentration from getting in shape through unfortunate eating regimens and exercise endeavors. Body positivity development in its present structure started to arise around 2012 (Cherry, 2020).

One of the significant goals of body positivity is to address a portion of how self-perception impacts emotional well-being and prosperity. Having a solid self-perception assumes a part in how individuals feel about their appearance and even how they judge their self-esteem. The research proposes that negative self-perception is related to an expanded gamble for some psychological circumstances, including sorrow and dietary issues (Cherry, 2020). The vast majority are well aware of their appearance, whether poor or favorable, to assess their public image (McWhorter, 2020).

However, social media shows a different side of body positivity with strain from cultural standards, media pictures, and even loved ones affecting self-perception. Body inspiration has, without a doubt, gone standard (McWhorter, 2020). Remembered for this development are stoutness acknowledgment and its demarginalization. Acknowledging overweightness and corpulence might sabotage the long-term progress toward lessening hazard factors for cardiovascular sickness (CVD) (McWhorter, 2020).

Obesity is a worldwide disease infection with hazardous factors that include hypertension, inflammation, coronary episode, stroke, and diabetes. In addition, weight is connected with obstructive rest apnea (McWhorter, 2020). Positive self-perception is a significant part of general well-being. Nonetheless, keeping a legitimate clinical definition and self-view of what establishes "ordinary" weight, combined with weight scale, routine exercise, and observing pulse and glucose, will progress toward decreasing the gamble of cardiovascular illness (McWhorter, 2020).

At the beginning of the pandemic, body positivity had been a huge goal within social media. People were learning to love themselves no matter their size. However, unfortunately, body positivity created a section of social media that frowned against heavier people versus those who had a healthier lifestyle and were slimmer. The direness of decreasing weight as a general well-being message proceeds (McWhorter, 2020). The body positivity and fat activism networks should accommodate clinical and general well-being experts to similarly address the emotional wellness advantages of self-acknowledgment and positive self-perception while simultaneously remembering the short-and long-haul well-being benefits of forestalling or treating weight. The two gatherings should make an appearance and not contend to win on outlining the account of weight. The fate of cardiovascular well-being depends upon this joint effort (McWhorter, 2020).


1. Cherry, K. (2020, November 21). Why body positivity is important. Verywell Mind. Retrieved February 13, 2022, from

2. McWhorter, K. L. (2020, September 17). Chapter: Obesity Acceptance: Body positivity and clinical risk factors. IntechOpen. Retrieved February 13, 2022, from



Author: Rayven Hall

Editor: Lauryn Agron

Health scientist: Rayven Hall

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