Even before Khloe Kardashian launched her show Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian, the term “revenge body” was becoming a thing.
In case you’re not entirely sure what I’m referring to, a revenge body is when “you work your ass off to look the best you can just to piss him/her off and make them regret their poor choices.”
From a physical and mental health perspective, using revenge to drive yourself to acquire a certain look or level of fitness is ineffective and has potentially toxic consequences. Celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser explains,
“I want the workout to be a positive experience, not a vulnerable situation tied to someone who has wronged you. The idea of revenge itself is not healthy. Feeling comfortable to move on and be a stronger person is much healthier than an idea like that.”
This kind of vengeful attitude promotes an unhealthy view of weight loss/healthy lifestyle. Your body deserves care and attention in whatever form you choose, regardless of your relationship status.
The term draws additional conclusions about people’s intentions. It assumes people are vengeful in nature. It pits people against each other. Why must someone only dress well and look good for the sake of pissing someone else off? Why can’t someone just want to look and feel good for themselves?
I mean, the whole idea of looking extra good when you might run into an ex is not new. But this rhetoric of “revenge body” has slowly been creeping its way into how we talk about health and relationships. Can we just pump the brakes on this one?
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Allie Bush is a Contributing Writer at Femestella. She is interested in creating and sharing entertaining and engaging content, in whatever form it may take. She is a proud TV junkie and in her spare time can be found watching late night talk shows, talking about Chrissy Teigen or Amy Poehler, or eating off of other people’s plates.