ALL Body Sizes Should Be Seen & Accepted: We’re Talking to You, Facebook

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What is wrong with Facebook to not show a “plus size model” in a bikini in an ad?

Are there not hundreds of ads every day that show photoshopped and airbrushed models?

What is plus size anyway?

They don’t call the “other” models minus sized.


It was just the other day that I was engaged in a conversation with a woman at the store, and she was telling me that she was a plus size model.

I had all I could do not to run out of the room and scream!

This beautiful woman… much smaller than I, labeling herself with what is often not a desirable label. I don’t know exactly how she felt about it but I felt like I was punched in the stomach, like I was going to be sick, I wanted to punch someone.

I was angry.  Angry at society.  Now I’m angry at Facebook for banning a picture of a larger woman in a bikini because it “depicts body parts in an undesirable manner”.

Even though Facebook has recanted, it’s clear:

Weight stigma is a big problem everywhere you turn.

This isn’t about body size. It’s about whether culture, society and the media have the right to label people.

Plus size, minus size, size 0, size 24… none of this should dictate who or what can be seen in an ad or not. Or how we feel about people in general.

It’s no wonder that the percentage of eating disorders in this country continues to rise.

We’re chasing society’s ideal, we’re being sold the perfect image, of what beauty is. And it’s airbrushed!

How does the “average” woman compete with this insane standard of beauty?

Society Screams:

  • Thinner is sexier
  • Thinner is more beautiful
  • Thinner is more successful
  • Thinner equals fit
  • Thinner equals healthier

How can any of us that don’t fit this image compete? 

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL AND ALL SIZES CAN BE SEEN ON FACEBOOK

All women have the right to be sexy, beautiful, successful, healthy and fit no matter what their dress size is.

We need new body standards and we need an army to fight for what is right.  Weight bias in this country is wrong.

The movement starts with all of us. 

We here at Green Mountain know this:

  1. Let go of the PLUS SIZE label
  2. Wear the size of clothes along with the color and style that feel good on your skin
  3. Practice body acceptance of all shapes and sizes, including your own
  4. Respect the body you live in
  5. Celebrate what your body can do
  6. Trust your body’s messages
  7. Pass along the message: ALL BODIES ARE GOOD BODIES

Haven’t you had enough? I sure have.


2 responses to “ALL Body Sizes Should Be Seen & Accepted: We’re Talking to You, Facebook”

  1. Bill Fabrey says:

    I especially like #3: “Practice body acceptance of all shapes and sizes, including your own”. There is such a thing as shape discrimination–weight standards aside, some people feel that a particular weight might be sort of OK, but they are put off by an unusual shape. Or jealous of it. Like weight, one’s shape says nothing at all about what kind of person you are, or whether or not you are healthy or fit, or whether or not you can do a certain job for an employer.
    (It might make finding clothes a little harder if your shape is very different than the standard fit models used by clothing designers and manufacturers…)

    And finally, “…including your own…” I know some people who have finally achieved acceptance of larger shapes and sizes, except for their own. Without self-acceptance, none of the rest of it makes sense.

  2. Anne Poirier says:

    Thank you Bill, for your thoughts. Many of the people that I encounter have weight stigmas of their own, even though they dont realize it. Becoming aware is the first step for making change. You are so right about the acceptance of our own bodies. It is sad how hard that is in today’s society. My hope is that we can make change on both fronts, others and ourselves. Thanks again.

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Anne Poirier, BS, CSCS, AFAA

By sharing experiences and lessons learned through her writing, Anne’s goal is to first, help women finally feel free enough to break away from their dieting chains and learn how to listen and honor their body’s internal cues. Second, to discover and experience more joy in moving their bodies and finally, understand the importance of taking time for themselves. Her philosophy of strengthening the connections among participants’ minds, hearts and bodies fits perfectly with Green Mountain’s philosophy of lasting change through comprehensive, integrative health programming. Anne is the Program Director at Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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