Seems like everyone is keen to jump on the body positive bandwagon these days. And while we would LOVE for BoPo to be the norm rather than grabbing headlines whenever it’s mentioned, there still seems to be some blurring of the lines of what is considered body positive and what is considered insulting.
Louise Thompson is best known for dramatic pauses, emotional breakdowns, and swigging champagne as part of the cast of the scripted reality TV show, Made In Chelsea. Since those days she has found her way to fitness with the help of her PT boyfriend, dominating the #fitspocouple hashtag and making us all want to throw up in our mouths just a little more frequently. According to Thompson, her book, “Body Positive” will feature her body image journey.
“Over the last 12 months I’ve learnt how to finally treat my body with the respect it deserves – the positive effect this has had on my physique, but most importantly, on my mental state, has been huge,” Thompson said. “I can’t wait to share the secrets of my journey and show you how easy it can be to shake the negative cycles, eat well, shape a strong body and build confidence from the inside-out.”
Body positive – A misleading title
Body positivity though seems to begin and end with the title of the book, and some of our favourite BoPo bloggers are not keeping quiet about it. The ever-eloquent Lottie L’Amour spoke out as soon as the book title was annoucned:
What. The ever loving fuck. Is this. https://t.co/gn8mFlSlc1
— Lottie L'Amour ☃️ (@Lottie_Lamour) November 28, 2017
“Body positivity is for people wanting a break from the diet industry and from society that profits from the misery and self-doubt of others.’ ‘Louise calling her diet and exercise book “Body Positive” is a blatant piggyback on the rise of the body positive movement, while sticking two fingers up to the very thing it was created to do – making people feel good in the skin they are in now, regardless of shape, size or weight. ‘There are lots of other terms that Louise could have used to title her book, but this is the one term that people use as an escape from the diet industry.”
Body positivity is/was a movement that was created to celebrate bodies that were seen as outside of what is conventionally attractive. More specifically: fat bodies.
Body positivity is NOT about celebrating the diet industry.
— Stephanie Yeboah (@NerdAboutTown) November 29, 2017
Nerd About Town Stephanie Yeboah said much the same, telling Metro that the book is just another example of brands taking advantage of what is essentially a supportive term.
“We’re currently seeing an influx of brands and celebrities jumping onto the body positivity trend and using the movement to promote diet culture, which is not what body positivity was created for. The movement stems from the fat positivity movement created years ago which in turn was to help celebrate and promote bodies that were seen outside of what society considered to be beautiful.”
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