New “study” says body positivity is bad for you
This is exactly the type of thing that made me, and probably makes a lot of women, feel guilty about body positivity. I think this attitude needs to stop, and we can help with that! What can we do to better inform people that being “overweight” is not a health problem?
“The study asked 81 women to choose their current and ideal body size from a series of silhouettes. Two thirds of the women said their current body size was their ideal. And 20% of obese women chose as their ideal an overweight or obese silhouette. The study didn’t measure the women’s cholesterol or blood pressure, but, in a confusing leap, UPI.com says the results show that “an extremely good body image can also take its toll on a woman’s health.” One of the study authors says, “So the question for doctors then becomes, ‘How can we effectively treat our overweight and obese patients, when they don’t feel they’re in harm’s way?'”
(For those who still believe that being “overweight” or “obese” is decidedly unhealthy: see this post.)