The premise for why people refuse to accept big as beautiful is just so insane to me. “If we say that fat girls are beautiful it will promote unhealthy lifestyles because then everyone will want to look like that and it will make everyone unhealthy so we just have to keep shitting on everyone who isn’t a size 2 and make them feel bad about themselves so that they’ll aspire to be smaller and in turn healthier.” Like people are so concerned with everyone’s physical health, they’ve offered up everyone’s mental health as a sacrifice. And if they were really all that concerned then they would educate themselves and know that “health” isn’t a size, they would understand that you can live longer being overweight than underweight, that using “overeating is an eating disorder too” when they see a big girl is just like looking at a skinny girl and automatically assuming she’s anorexic because she’s small. Most people who have a problem with promoting a healthy body image don’t actually give a shit about promoting healthy lifestyles. All they care about is preserving the patriarchal, misogynistic, ignorant and destructive beauty standards that they’ve always known because when the winds of change start blowing, no one wants to be caught unaware. They are more disturbed by the fact that they’ve spent their whole lives hating themselves or determining a woman’s beauty by this one factor for so long that they don’t want to feel like it was for nothing. They don’t want to hear that maybe the before generations were wrong because that means the next generation will grow up loving themselves no matter what their size and they won’t have to go through the same shit they went through and that’s what fucking scares them more than any number you can put on a scale.