Body shaming as defined by bodyshaming.org is, “inappropriate negative statements and attitudes toward another person’s weight or size.” Body shaming occurs in three main ways; criticizing yourself, criticizing someone in front of them, and lastly, criticizing someone else behind their back.
However with social media and the Internet, new ways are being used every day.
With the clear emergence of a ‘celebrity culture’ in the past few years, every girl wants to be wafer thin and every boy wants to be ripped like the Rock, and in both cases, the person will want to be well endowed in all the right areas too.
Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It’s very easy to get caught up in the idea that you’re too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way. It’s not about the size of your jeans. It’s about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body; observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don’t do either) to your heart’s desire. Wear the crop top you’ve been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple
Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you’ve gained or lost in whatever amount of time.
Social media is an issue when it comes to body shaming, as people have instant access to a celeb’s Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
People see images and videos of the ‘perfect body’ and already people are being set-up to be self-critical of their own bodies, male and female, because of the unrealistic standards of what is considered ‘normal’ by some people.
As mentioned before, the consequences of body shaming can lead to more than just making headlines on gossip sites and magazines. Eating disorders and sometimes death are some of the serious problems that can arise from someone affected by body-shaming over a short and long period of time.
The category of eating disorders can include, but is not limited to, anorexia, bulimia, binge-eating, avoidant/restrictive food intake (ARFID) and other specified feeling or eating disorder. Being affected by something like this can lead, and has, to death. I know I’ve mentioned that fact more than once, however, it is important to state.
Thinking they don’t fit because they don’t fit ‘society norms’ is awful. Maybe ‘society norms’ need to adapt to people rather than the other way round. There are 7 billion people in the world, only a minority will fit ‘society norms’. I’d rather know the majority than try fit in with the minority.
So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn’t measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn’t fit you like you had hoped doesn’t mean that you’re any less of a person.!
AUTHOR: ANAMTA CHUDHRY