Every body has a story — everybody has a narrative to go with it. We asked the hard question: Can you be body positive and on a diet — and realized it was a tough one to answer. With body positivity trending, it’s important to acknowledge that the mainstream body positivity movement is not the same as fat acceptance movements. Dieting is also difficult to define. We turned to the experts in health, fat activism, wellness and other related spaces to help us better understand whether you can be body positive and on a diet. Here’s what they had to say!
Aisha Fairclough, co-founder Body Confidence Canada and model
Gillian Young, health and fitness coach
Our mental health is greatly affected by our diets, so some may feel more body positive eating a health focused diet simply due to improve gut health, blood sugar balancing and vitamins and minerals. So can you be body positive and on a diet? Yes, but like all things, there are many variables to take into account."
— Gillian Young, health and fitness coach
Layla Cameron, PhD candidate and fat activist
Karen Giesbrecht, dietitian and author
Dr. Jill Andrew, PhD co-founder Body Confidence Canada
— Dr. Jill Andrew, PhD co-founder of Body Confidence Canada and MPP Toronto-St.Paul's, NDP Women's Issues and Culture Critic
Virginia Lee, fitness model, marathoner and trainer
Winny Clarke, actress and wellness expert
Before you diet, ask yourself who, what, and why. Who or what is this for, and why do you want to diet. That’ll inform you if you’re moving forward in a kind loving way that promotes body positivity."
— Winny Clarke, actress, meditation and wellness expert