According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), seventy percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese, yet it holds no effect thanks to the deeper appreciation and satisfaction that individuals have gained in their appearance. Eating disorders, stress, and depression have taken a hit, as self-image continues to peak. Women, especially, have been the major benefactors of the movement, as many women no longer feel the need and pressure to be the thin woman that has conventionally plagued American media. This movement known as the “No More Body Shaming” campaign was made to curb humiliation or hurtful commentary regarding the weight or size of others. Body positivity has resulted in more representation of varied representations of many sizes and shapes in the media; however, the deeper satisfaction of one’s image can be problematic as individuals are no longer taking heed to the concern of weight and health.
Body positivity has gone so much through the roof that there is now an oversight of the health risks with those engaging in unhealthy eating habits. The across the board boost in self-assurance and self-esteem of all sizes and shapes has aided in fending off the health consciousness of weight and unhealthiness. Broader plus-size acceptance has led to those with actual weight problems to underestimate or ignore their own detriment. Researchers have found that those who misperceived their weight were less likely to attempt to change their lifestyle habits to adjust their weight. Based on this study published in the journal–Obesity–critics believe the growth in confidence is the culprit in promoting and creating harm and complacency, adding onto America’s health decline – the country that is the 18th most obese nation in the world.