“The body positivity movement is a feminist movement that encourages women to adopt more forgiving and self affirming attitudes towards the way they look.”
Dr. Kevin Campbell, Bold’s Chief Medical Correspondent defines the body positive movement perfectly in the quote above. This week we’re debating the topic of body positivity. From this definition many would ask how can you argue against body positivity? But the issue isn’t as black and white as it may seem.
In this segment, we have our two debaters, co-host and Bold founder Carrie Sheffield and Bold Contributor Catie Perry. Our moderator this week is Alyona Minkovski who is filling in for Clay Aiken who’s on the road this week. Joining us is Dr. Kevin Campbell to lend us his experience and expertise on the topic.
When talking about body positivity, aspects like body image, self-esteem, and mental health come up.
“All these social norms put so much pressure on our young people,” Kevin points out. And Alyona reminds us that a lot of adults deal with these issues as well.
When talking about our bodies, the topic of health, physical health specifically, comes up.
Alyona sums up the debate:
“Body positivity is trying to send this message that your body is beautiful, that every body is unique and some people feel though that sometimes it goes too far. Because of the health issues we have in this country –the obesity crisis. Maybe body positivity at times is allowing for people to think that an unhealthy lifestyle is something that’s ok.”
Watch this pre-debate discussion and then watch our debate! Let us know what you think in the comments –did we change your mind? Is there something we should’ve mentioned? We want to hear from you!
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