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      Leah Leilani
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      What is your opinion on the body positivity movement?

      On one hand, I do believe that we live in a fat-phobic country here in the United States. A certain standard puts pressure on us to look one way and that is tall, skinny, and able-bodied. Beauty privilege does exist and not only is it toxic but it affects our internalized self-worth. A conversation about being healthy can easily be twisted into one that congratulates a skinny/thin physique.

      On the other hand, obesity is prevalent in the U.S. and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease cases are on the rise. With the kinds of food available to us, it’s nearly impossible not to crave fattier meals. People that are heavier set are often body-shamed and at times, made to feel less desirable than their thinner friends.

      People who love themselves no matter what size are empowered by breaking the toxic standards. We need to break this fat-phobia and anorexia encouraging mindsets.

      The goal should be to be healthy and do right by our bodies, no matter what size or body shape we have. Healthy does not look the same for everyone.

      So, is the problem our mindsets or what we consume? Or is it both?

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