Equating beauty and human value may sound like a stretch, but for a lot of girls who suffer from negative body image, a lot of their value as a person comes from how attractive they look. This is due to the influence of media + not enough role models that aren’t stunningly beautiful. Most of the “strong independent women” are also gorgeous which kind of defeats the purpose of separating beauty from power in that role. (Men have this issue too where childhood role models are often too stoic leading more sensitive boys to have a weak sense of identity with masculinity.
Yes, but you need to differentiate between internally healthy and internally unhealthy. Someone can be fat and healthy and someone else can be average weight but unhealthy. It’s just a bias that people judge others solely on image/weight instead of a lifestyle, which would be a much better indicator of health. For example, just because Lizzo’s fat doesn’t mean she’s unhealthy. She’s vegan, she’s worked out for the last five years, you can see her doing things on stage that even a healthy person at average weight would have trouble doing.