Body positivity movement rejected by health influencer on path to weight loss: ‘morbid obesity is not healthy’

The body positivity movement — while rooted in good intentions — is out of control, promoting lifestyles that aren’t healthy, either physically or mentally, said one man who’s in the middle of a weight-loss journey.

“I can tell when I was like 400 pounds it wasn’t good for my body,” Dave Danna, a 30-year-old from South Carolina, told Fox News. I feel like what I’m doing right now is body positivity and what I’m striving for is a healthy size.”

Danna’s weight gain started after he graduated from college and continued for years until he reached a tipping point in 2022. He noticed that everyday tasks like tying his shoes were becoming difficult. He struggled to help the movers get him out of his house. Seat belts were beginning to no longer suit him.

When he finally stepped on his scale, the machine couldn’t give him a weight because he’d passed the 400-pound limit.

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“I got to the point where I was worried about my life on a daily basis,” Danna said. “That was sort of the moment I came to Jesus.”

The body positivity movement has garnered attention in recent years, promoting acceptance of all bodies, regardless of size, skin tone, gender, and physical ability, to combat unrealistic standards of beauty seen in Hollywood and other media. But critics argue that activists have taken body positivity too far, pushing unhealthy lifestyles like obesity, which Harvard University says increases the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by over 50% and the risk of stroke by 64%.

In December, Time Magazine published “The White Supremacist Origins of Exercise,” while Cosmopolitan Magazine featured plus-size models on covers that read “This is Healthy!” in 2021.

Cosmopolitan magazine featured plus size models being read in a 2021 feature "That is healthy!"

Cosmopolitan magazine featured plus-sized models in a 2021 feature that read, “This is healthy!”
(L: Callie Thorpe; D: Jessamyn Stanley)

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“I would agree that we should find beauty and positivity differently than unrealistic standards of beauty,” Danna told Fox News. “And that almost seems like a yo-yo to me all the way in the opposite direction.”

“What I don’t understand is any type of message that would have said there was no health problem when I was over 400 pounds,” he added. “Because morbid obesity is not healthy.”

Dave Danna said his health journey was "just started" after losing 60 pounds in the last 6 months.

Dave Danna said his health journey is “just beginning” after losing 60 pounds in the last 6 months.
(Courtesy of Dave Danna)

Danna booked an appointment with a doctor for a blood test, joined a gym, and began changing his eating habits. In the past six months he has lost almost 60 pounds.

“I’m feeling better,” he told Fox News. “I’ve built constructive and healthy habits that get me where I want to go. But actually, the journey is just beginning.”

Danna gets up at 4am every day to go to the gym before work. He has gained thousands of social media followers since he started posting motivational content about his weight loss journey.

Danna has lost nearly 60 pounds since beginning his health journey six months ago.

Danna has lost nearly 60 pounds since beginning his health journey six months ago.
(Courtesy of Dave Danna)

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“Building that confidence, building that sense of accomplishment every day has contributed more to my positive mental health than I expected,” Danna said. “I think it’s a bigger win for me personally than the weight loss.”

Danna said the overall message of the body positivity movement is “not for me.”

“Not to say the underlying aspects of finding beauty and positivity in different types of bodies aren’t legitimate,” Danna said. “It’s just that we can’t seem to find common ground on which to be sane and positive.”

To watch the full interview with Danna, click here.

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