Regardless of the intricacies of the body positive movement, what it comes down to is respect. Respect for ourselves, yes. That’s the first hurdle, and arguable the hardest. But we can’t just stop there, we need to go even further into something that completely demolishes everything we’re taught by the media.
We need to show respect for others. Specifically, respect for people that are overweight or obese.
The problem with a lot of body positive subscribers is that they tend to stop somewhere between “it’s okay to be yourself” and “you need to respect every body type. No, really, every body type.”
This is one of the issues I have with the “healthy at any size” movement. It doesn’t take it far enough. It states that as long as you’re healthy, it doesn’t matter what size you are. You deserve respect.
I’d take it even farther: no matter your weight, whether or not you exercise or eat right, as a human being you deserve respect. Period.