For years, the standard thinking in society has been that you can guilt people into hating themselves so much that they want to be thin. And, from a superficial perspective, that worked. That is until people started speaking out about the very unhealthy things they did to their bodies to be thin and, thus, accepted, and, eventually, women started speaking up and saying there’s got to be a better way. Enter the body positivity movement.

Yoga instructor Jessamyn Stanley is one of the leading advocates of the movement who’s been working for years to make yoga a more inclusive space for Black bodies and bigger bodies. As part of her work she also educates people on what body positivity is and isn’t.

“A lot of people think that body positivity is pretty much just, ‘fat girls wanna feel good about themselves and so let’s make clothes for fat girls,'” she told us in an interview. “Body positivity to me is really just the idea that you’re okay today, exactly as you are.”

In contrast to people who think body positivity promotes unhealthy living, Jessamyn said she believes body positivity is actually the step toward a healthier society because what people don’t want to recognize is that “Diet culture perpetuates ideas that do not make people want to be healthy.” And the church said amen.

Check out the full interview with Jessamyn up top and let us know what you think.


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