During the past several years, body inclusivity (paywalled) has become an important component of DEIA. Body inclusivity is an evidence-centered approach (paywalled) that challenges inaccurate notions that equate thinness with better health and physical attractiveness. The movement instead advocates for all body types to be accepted. So-called plus-sized athletes, fitness experts, and food influencers demonstrate that non-thin bodies are healthy and capable of wellness feats, including cross-country trails and marathons.
Critics of body inclusivity point to the global obesity epidemic—and other health-related matters associated with obesity, such as high blood pressure, hypertension, and diabetes—as the rationale for emphasizing weight loss. Additionally, some medical experts assert that obesity is straining the already overtaxed health care system as the ripple effects of the disease and other comorbidities draw heavily on limited human and financial resources. While the data is clear about the complications of obesity, rarely are economic and environmental conditions factored into why some communities struggle with high levels of obesity.