Are Plus-Sized Athletes Promoting Obesity?

Body Positive Athletes

Yes, I’m going to go there.

I have been of the opinion for some time now that the Body Positive movement in Australia is still very much in its infancy, particularly when it came to the arena of sport and fitness. There was no greater evidence of this then when my recent piece ‘I’m Plus Size and I’m an Athlete’ went live on Sportette.’s site. The positive feedback received and the lightening-fast manner in which it circulated through social media indicated that this is clearly a conversation that many Australians are wanting to have – our need for a diversity of physical representations of what an ‘athlete’ looks like – especially when it came to the fragility of body satisfaction within our younger generations.

This piece seemed, for many, to be the catalyst in many women taking a completely different view of their bodies. They commented on how it caused…

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