YouTuber Causes Controversy By Claiming Diet Culture Is "NOT Body Positive"
8 September 2016, 14:09
She's received a lot of abuse for her video too.
With YouTube promoting such a diverse bunch of creators, it's frankly surprising that people have any issues with the wide array of personalities, body types and styles available for consumption. However for one YouTuber, who goes by the channel name 'Fat Girls Flow' (FGF), it was concerning that the same community of body positive vloggers were also promoting diets - so she spoke up about it.
In her video, titled "Dear Body Positive YouTubers: That's Not Body Positivity", FGF makes her feelings about the representation of plus-size fashion and body image on YouTube known; "There's a big difference between liking plus-size clothing and being fat, and actually being body positive". In addition to this, she believes that all plus-size bloggers who "don't care about being body positive" should just stop entirely.
Many viewers got incredibly upset by her narrow perception of what body love could be, and were left with the feeling that they had been excluded from the community for partaking in dieting regimes that weren't "body positive" enough. After the video was posted, FGF took to Twitter to express her disbelief; "I had no idea that saying 'Weight Watchers isn't body positive' would illicit such anger, but here we are". In short, her point seems to be that promoting dieting is not health or positive at all.
You can watch her whole video below, and then click through to her channel to watch the follow-up vlog in which explains why she isn't sorry for what she said and why her stance on body positivity is the perspective every fitness YouTuber should take. You also find out that aged nine, she had an eating disorder and that doctors told her family that her weightloss was "perfectly healthy".