Body Positive and All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor Reveals Her Weight Loss Transformation

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Meghan Trainor, singer of the hit song “All About That Bass” reveals her weight loss transformation. The 23 year old singer shares her body positive message on Instagram “I’ve never felt so pretty/sexy in my life”.

 

 

The secret to her transformation?

 

“I work out so hard… I’ve been working on my health [with] my boyfriend and, yeah,
we eat good and we work out, like, every day.” 

 

Her hard work is definitely paying off, particularly with supportive boyfriend, Daryl Sabara by her side.

 

 

The love of MY life @meghan_trainor

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Sabara played Juni Cortez in the Spy Kids adventure comedy movies of the 2000s.

 

 

Despite her newfound health and happiness, and finding a partner who loved her even before she lost the weight – Trainor’s weight loss has caused a stir in the body positive (BoPo) community.

 

 

All About That Bass became the anthem of body positivity back in 2014, as Trainor sings about the beauty in fuller figures:

 

“Cause every inch of you is perfect

From the bottom to the top

Yeah, my momma she told me don’t worry about your size

She says, boys they like a little more booty to hold at night

You know I won’t be no stick-figure, silicone Barbie doll,

So, if that’s what’s you’re into

Then go ahead and move along”

 

Her music video is fun, colourful and full of energy as her curvy back up dancers shake their booty to the beat.

 

 

In a Q&A for the song, Meghan says:

 

“I wrote it for me, as well, because I’ve struggled with

[body image] since I was very young.

And, my best friend is a beautiful goddess, but

she’ll pick on herself in the mirror.


“My forehead’s too big,” or, “My shoulders go out too far …”

So, if other girls can relate to the song, it makes me feel

even better. It’s unreal that I’m kind of helping people.”

 

Despite her success and positive messaging, Trainor has struggled to fit within the BoPo community, with some criticising her lyrics as ‘skinny shaming’ in the line:

 

“I’m bringing booty back. Go ahead and tell them skinny bitches, Hey…”

 


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PopSpoken comments:

 

Anytime anyone throws any sort of “I <3 people of all sizes”

comment out there, they seem to either hashtag or genuinely think

they are part of a #BodyPositiveMovement. When really, so many

of these seemingly well intended campaigns are cursed with an

unfortunate double entendre.

 

Let’s clear something up first – being body positive is all about

celebrating all body types. The keyword here is all body types.

Not just body types that aren’t widely recognised as “beautiful”-

but every single (supposedly healthy) body type you can think of.

 

Shock, horror, surprise, but this includes skinny people too. If

we’re going to advocate for equality, we can’t exclude a whole

genreof body type simply because they’re different to yours.

 

Isn’t that defeating the purpose of creating a

#BodyPositiveMovement, in the first place?” 

 

This isn’t the first time that a BoPo influencer has been slammed for adopting a healthy lifestyle. Ashley Graham, plus-size model and self-proclaimed BoPo leader has inspired millions of women across the world to embrace their curves – encouraging them to feel beautiful in their own skin.

 

Saturday Hustle

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Her Instagram profile features strikingly beautiful shots of Graham, where she stands confident, voluptuous and sexy. She also features workouts videos of her time in the gym, which has received criticism from both ends of the BoPo spectrum.

 

 

 

Her rebuttal to this? 

 

 

This begs the question:

Is BoPo actually a space for all bodies to embrace self-love and self-acceptance, or does it still promote body shaming on bodies which fit outside the mould of ‘curvy’, ‘plus-size’, ‘big and beautiful’?

 

What is BoPo all about?

It’s a movement that celebrates the diversity of all body types and encourages individuals to love and affirm the bodies they are in. Although the shift towards promoting body acceptance whilst striving to be the healthiest version of yourself possible is theoretically sound – the message has been twisted and adapted to suit the needs of different people at different times.

 

Dr. Christopher Leeth, licensed professional Counsellor says:

 

“Body positivity is not saying it’s an excuse to be fat or unhealthy,

but it’s a way of saying we don’t need to put each other down and

we don’t need to put ourselves down,”

 

Yet some BoPo activists continue to advocate against weight loss and the ‘dieting’ mentality.

 

Louise Thompson, star of the Made in Chelsea reality TV series, will release her new book titled “Body Positive” in May, 2018. The book will account for her journey to transforming her life around after years of partying with little concern for her health or happiness. According to the publisher:

 

Body Positive will take you through her favourite home workouts,

tips for self-care and some of the delicious recipes she loves to keep

her on the track to positivity.”

 

 

In response to this, plus size blogger,  Stephanie Yeboah commented on her @nerdabouttown Twitter profile:

 

 

 

So where to from here?

Can BoPo really fit in today’s society, or is it always going to be an endless debate of bass vs. treble? Are traditionally ‘skinny’ bodies now being marginalised in the pursuit of ‘fat’ acceptance across plus-size bodies?

 

With the desire for all people to feel loved, confident, worthy and enough – the key message behind BoPo is to assume responsibility for your own body and what it needs. According to Katherine Schreiber and Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D:

 

“Being body positive is to examine the messages you’ve received

– and continue to receive – throughout your life about health,

weight, food, and exercise. You’ll want to pay attention not only

to what you’ve been told by the media and medical professionals,

but also by your family, friends, and culture. Once you clearly

identify the messages, you can begin to think critically about

which ones work for you.

 

If particular information is intriguing, try it out to see how it

makes you feel. If you adopt a behaviour that leads to better

physical and/or mental health, and – most importantly – it

is something you can sustain over the long term, keep it in

your toolkit.”

 

Note from Oscar:

 

I contacted a leader in the BoPo movement recently and was told that my messaging was all wrong. I looked up to this person. So I was quite shocked when I received a reply that left me shaking my head in disappointment.

 

I believe in unlocking the mentality that allows us to love ourselves is what BoPo is all about. But this person told me that body positive shouldn’t be synonymous with trying to get to a healthier weight/body.

 

I shared my dilemma with a BoPo Fitspo on Instagram:

 

 

 

 

 

Whilst I recognise that BoPo is predominately about changing our own mindsets and putting a stop to the body shaming, I think it’s dangerous to live in denial about the health benefits of eating well and keeping active.

 

I may be a Health and Wellness Coach, but I do not align myself with ‘diet culture’. Diet culture forces people into starvation, sometimes without them realising. It forces people to question their self-worth and live with a distorted body image.

 

Diet culture stops people from being able to enjoy life and eat out with their friends and enjoy the ice cream sundae. It takes the fun and happiness out of life. Diet culture forces people to look a certain way, pushing them into a box, defined by the weight on the scales and BMI.

 

I approach weight loss differently and believe that BoPo is about loving ourselves enough to look after our health and consciously stopping ourselves from allowing the negative mindset to take over. At the end of the day, don’t we all want to live a long, happy and healthy life with our loved ones?

 

Looking after our mental health, nutrition and fitness is what will help us get there.

 

2 thoughts on “Body Positive and All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor Reveals Her Weight Loss Transformation

  1. Meghan looks amazing! Good on her for feeling like the best version of herself. I LOVE All About the Bass, it’s such a catchy tune! I’m so torn with the messaging of her lyrics. Half the time I’m like “Chill TFO!, it’s just a song!” it’s so bubblegum – who wouldn’t want to dance to it. I mean the hip-hop/rap community doesn’t get slammed for all their stereotypes and misogynist lyrics. And yet the other half of the time, I’m like “I get it, there are people out there who are really struggling with their body image and even the smallest of comments can tick them off”. But where do we draw the line? It seems like no matter what anyone says, there’s someone out there who will take offence anyway. Just live your life and F*** the haters. Peace

  2. Good on her! She’s come a long way to achieve her health!
    I don’t understand why people have to shame others in any regard, like chill out my dude.

    I love your stance on body positivity, be confident enough to achieve your goals and your health, don’t use it as a shield to hate on others and say things like “I can’t lose weight because my genetics say I have to be this big.”

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