The very fact that women around the world are extremely conscious about their body shape reveals a dark truth about society as a whole. Growing up, it gets ingrained in us in some way or the other that a certain type of body shape is beautiful while the rest…not so much. The fact that everyone is categorized into a certain type is shameful for those who believe in these categorizations.
It is brutal to narrow down the purity of one’s soul to the amount they weigh. The reality is in the fact that the pre-set standards are like a curtain, hiding layers of artificial cosmetics followed by hours of electronic hacks.
Regardless of weight, gender, height or color, categories objectifying humans are at the pinnacle of their existence. Of late, the silent judgments have become a loud bawl pushing the vulnerable few to the edge of a sad demise.
The reason we agonize about losing or gaining weight is heavily dependent on what we think others will think about us. Most of our teen years have been an endeavor to please others while failing to find an inner solace in accepting the features we are born with.
Our fault lies in the attempt to match the unrealistic standards set before us, striving to fit in with those setting it, be it celebrities, peer groups, friends and at times, even family. Our fault lies in not appreciating the beauty in each unique creation, with both flaws and strengths alike.
The only rationale behind apprehension over your weight should be an outcome of a health scare and not someone else’s perspective of imperfection. Why worry about your weight over a group of insensitive individuals when there are innumerable others who are willing to accept you the way you are.
Below are a few confessions from recipients of the worst kind of body shaming:
1. “The only person to ever body shame me is my mother. No one ever in my life has ever called me fat”
2. “Men are body shamed just as much, if not more, than women.”
3. “I do not possess the full lips, flawless skin and curvy body that women are described to have. I shame myself constantly. I do not think I am beautiful or that I will ever love myself. “
4. “As the weather gets nicer, the more depressed I am that I cannot wear shorts, tank tops or bathing suits because of cuts and scars all over my body. Shame on me.”
5. “Body shaming is not okay no matter what that person’s size is. Some people cannot help how small or big they are because of health conditions.”