Is Body Positivity Doing More Harm Than Good?

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:


Is the body positivity movement toxic?

I know what you’re thinking: I’m a terrible person for calling out a movement that’s helping people of all shapes and sizes feel comfortable in their own skin.

I’m all for rejecting traditional beauty ideals. In fact, I encourage it.

But when it comes to our health, body positivity can quickly turn into complacency. Struggling with weight is common, whether in terms of losing or gaining.

And when as much as 70% of the differences in weight may be attributed to your genes, NOT only how much you eat and exercise – you can be body positive while also getting healthy.

Body Positivity

You have the power to help your genes function properly, no matter how many bad variants you end up with.

Winning the lottery of bad genes (Like me) doesn’t mean you’re doomed from the start. In fact, my overall risk of obesity is low – but I still have some genetic variants that can put me at risk.

A good example of that is my FTO gene variant – it’s linked with higher weight and body fat, but only in people who don’t exercise.

Same thing with my IRS1 variant. It’s linked with obesity, but only in people who don’t exercise. I think it’s time to schedule a one-on-one session with my treadmill…

Seeing my weight report gave me the extra push I needed to stick to my fitness routine.

Amidst all the craziness that my schedule entails, staying fit was always in the back of my mind. There are too many days to count where I should have made the time to stick to it, but I didn’t.

And there’s no excuse for it.

Maybe I was waiting for the right time to start being more consistent. But the truth is: there’s NEVER going to be a “right time”. You just have to do it anyway.

The same goes for your health.

Conventional medicine isn’t based on what’s best for your body. It’s based on what is “generally good for most people.”

SelfDecode is trying to change that. We’re helping to make you the expert on your body, because knowledge is power.

How? With truly personalized health. We’re using your DNA to provide you with completely personalized diet, supplement, and lifestyle recommendations so you can make better health choices on your own terms. The weight report alone analyzes over 450,000 variants to provide you with the most accurate recommendations possible!

And we’re the only ones doing this.

Our recommendations are categorized by what is most helpful for your unique set of genes. It’s one of the most important parts of your health journey besides decoding your DNA.

Other DNA companies are only analyzing as little as 1-2 of the most common genetic variants, and giving you general health advice that doesn’t always work for everyone.

Our health recommendations come from real scientific research, conducted by top scientists. That’s the SelfDecode difference.

If you’re ready to discover your own weight report, you can start by checking your genes with SelfDecode. All you need to do is spit in a tube, and we’ll make sure you get your results from the comfort of your couch.

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen flipped the script on conventional and alternative medicine…and it worked. Growing up, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues that were poorly understood in traditional healthcare. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a learning journey to decode his DNA and track his biomarkers in search of better health. Through this personalized approach, he discovered his genetic weaknesses and was able to optimize his health 10X better than he ever thought was possible. Based on his own health success, he went on to found SelfDecode, the world’s first direct-to-consumer DNA analyzer & precision health tool that utilizes AI-driven polygenic risk scoring to produce accurate insights and health recommendations. Today, SelfDecode has helped over 100,000 people understand how to get healthier using their DNA and labs.
Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, with a mission of empowering people to take advantage of the precision health revolution and uncover insights from their DNA and biomarkers so that we can all feel great all of the time.


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