The Truth About Body Shaming

Body shaming is a much talked about problem in today’s society. Everyone has an opinion on the topic, but no one seems to really grasp the crux of the issue. Body shaming is the practice of making critical, potentially humiliating comments about a person’s body size or weight. Women are typically the victims of this, but are not exclusive to it. It can happen to anyone at anytime, but how does one deal with or correct the problem?

Most people who attempt to tackle the body shaming phenomenon miss the key point; it isn’t about curvy bodies versus skinny bodies. One body type is not better than the other. These issues always arise when one looks outside of him or herself and begins to think they are either better or worse than someone else. In reality every person is created uniquely and differently- kind of like snowflakes. Each snowflake has its own characteristics, but not one is better than another.

When we start comparing ourselves to those around us, those feelings of superior or inferior develop.Your body is simply a vehicle for your heart. soul and mind. That is all. No one should feel bad that they aren’t like someone else, because you don’t know what that person has been through. The only way to judge yourself is by looking at yourself. Only you know what you’ve been through and the circumstances that led to you being who you are.

For example I can look back at myself and know that a stressful event led to me gaining a few pounds. I know that I would like to lose some weight – not based on what someone else might think, but because I know where I was, and where I’d like to be. You look at yourself to be the norm, not someone else’s expectations.

Other than the health issues that can arise from being underweight or overweight, your body is irrelevant. I guarantee you that regardless of how you look, someone will love you for who you are. Those people may be few and far between these days, but if you are beautiful on the inside where it counts, someone will take notice. When in doubt, be kind.

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