Here is a gallery of women with a variety of body types. It’s meant to help women realise they don’t have to conform to a certain weight or body shape. I’m all for self-love; it breaks my heart to see girls hate their bodies and themselves for being “fat”.
What bothers me, though, is how a lot of the women in this gallery (and others) are clearly obese, even morbidly obese. It’s okay to be overweight, chubby, fat, but it’s not okay to “accept” or “embrace” obesity — this is self-loathing too, only masquerading as positive acceptance and progressive celebration of diversity.
There’s a number of serious health complications brought about by obesity and it’s been scientifically proven for decades that it will decrease your well-being, quality of life, and critically shorten your life. Encouraging a girl to stay dangerously overweight in order to prevent her from becoming dangerously underweight is pointless. Diabetes, heart and liver desease and bad joints are no better than an eating disorder.
True self-love encourages health, not passive acceptance of what’s wrong. Accept that you’re probably not going to be a supermodel but don’t “accept” that you’ll never be fit. Love yourself, take care of your body.