Lately it seems that everywhere I look on social media, women are embracing and celebrating curvy bodies. The old ideas that one must strive towards achieving a stick-thin supermodel body seems to have become a thing of the past and, though it’s clearly not completely gone, the pressure to meet that unrealistic standard is being taken off of women by women. This is a beautiful thing!
However, Pumpkin’s recent post on the body positivity movement really got me thinking about the downside of the push to accept and empower curvy bodies. Are we trying so hard to accept all bodies that we are in danger of crossing over into encouraging overweight and even obese bodies? Furthermore, are we putting down and skinny shaming those who happen to be thin by way of a lifestyle of intense exercise or merely by genetics?