Today, I was chilling out and watching a few videos on YouTube, like you do when you’re bored. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular but I noticed a few videos about Tess Holliday. Tess Holliday is a controversial plus size model who is also known as Tess Munster. If you don’t know who Tess is, fear not, all will become clear. Tess is one of the biggest influencers within the Body Positive Movement. She even founded the popular #EffYourBeautyStandards campaign back in 2013.
With a huge social media following, Tess became the first model of her size to become signed to a major agency. At 5ft 5in and a UK size 26, you can see why she is such a controversial figure. As well as signing with Milk Model Management, she has also released her own book. “The Not So Subtle Art of Being A Fat Girl: Loving The Skin You’re In” is her story, used to inspire others to accept themselves… as they are. She talks about becoming fat at only ten years old, bullying and her journey to finding self-love.
I’m also sick of this, being obese isn’t healthy in any way. I don’t understand how someone can feel comfortable and attractive while consisting of mostly fat.
Tess isn’t helping anyone by making morbid obesity “acceptable”. It’s dangerous and irresponsible. Eating yourself to death isn’t beautiful it’s sick. I’m not saying being anorexic is better. No eating disorder is healthy or attractive. But this whole new “accepting the body standard” thing is bullshit. Just because the American standard for weight is being WELL overweight, doesn’t mean it’s something we need to accept. We HAVE to shift our thinking.
The body positive movement, like Tess, is not trying to encourage people to put on weight. The whole point of the movement is to let people know that it is okay to like yourself regardless of what you look like. No matter your size, shape, colour or gender, etc, you have the right to be happy. We need to put a stop to shaming people and making them feel bad about themselves… especially when it is being camouflaged as fake concern.
To truly love your body you need to take care of it. You can’t love your body if you eat crap and sit around all day. A proper diet and regular exercise and taking care of yourself is self love. That’s what the body positive movement should be about. But I feel that people like Tess are distorting it to be it’s ok to be obese and that everyone else should be ok because your fine. And she may be fine with how she looks but she isn’t healthy, she is sick, she isn’t overweight like she claims she’s morbidly obese, and she doesn’t love her body.
First off, how can you tell someone that they don’t love their body?
Secondly, without reviewing someone’s health records it is impossible to comment on another persons health. I mean sure, there are a lot of fat people who suffer from bad health, but guess what? There are also a lot of thin people that suffer from bad health too it’s just no one feels the need to talk about it. Hands up if you have ever been on a diet. I know I have. How about if you’ve tried a number of different diets? Yep me too and I bet you didn’t know that dieting is actually more harmful that obesity!
Studies have shown that those who regularly control calorific intake are at risk of producing higher levels of Cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone that can lead to weight gain. It can also cause heart disease, diabetes and cancer among other life threatening illnesses… pretty scary, right? Now think about the 80% of children under the age of twelve years old that have been on diets themselves!...we should be addressing the 80% of 9-11 year olds that fear being fat. They fear it so much that they have been on diets before their bodies have even finished developing. Click To Tweet
Well that’s it from me but before I bid you farewell I will leave you with this…
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