Yesterday, We The Unicorns, an online YouTube guide, reported that the YouTuber known as “Fat Girl Flow” (or FGF) was getting criticism for calling out other plus-size vloggers. She posted a video entitled “Dear Body Positive YouTubers: That’s Not Body Positivity.” In the video she said, “There’s a big difference between liking plus-size clothing and being fat, and actually being body positive.” She also criticized vloggers who seem hypocritical about their body love messages, as she said, “Do not look me in the eye, tell me you are on Weight Watchers, and then in the next breath, tell me that you are body positive.”
YouTube viewers were frustrated by FGF’s strict idea of what it means to be body posi. Her comments in the video suggested that dieting, such as with the Weight Watchers program, means that you are not loving your body. FGF posted a rebuttal video in which she maintained that she was not apologizing for her words.
You can be body positive and still diet. You can love your body while trying to lose weight, or gain weight, or improve your strength or fitness. There is no right or wrong way to show your love for your body. Every person, and every body, is different. Health is different for everyone. There are many different ways to be healthy in terms of eating habits, exercise habits, and health goals. By going on a diet such as Weight Watchers, you are not saying you do not love your body now. You may simply be saying you love your body so much that you want to challenge yourself to cut out certain foods or habits that aren’t good for your body. Dieting can be healthy or unhealthy. Losing weight can be healthy or unhealthy, just as gaining weight can be. The mentality and goals behind your habits are the important part.
Check FGF’s response below!