You are imperfect, permanently and inevitably flawed and you are beautiful.
Oxford dictionary defines body-shaming as “the action or practice of humiliating someone by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size”.This applies for all body types, whether you are skinny or plus sized.
Often, we are told to change our appearances. Like, by magazines constantly offering tips to lose weight in ten days, there are various television advertisements which say’s “are you tired of looking like a pencil/ ball” and then they will try to bait you with, intent remedies and guide you through, ways you can have a perfect body in minimum time period.
This is just one example, there are so many channels in our lives, which guides us to hide our imperfections and have a perfect body. Sometimes we bond over the mutual thought, of hating our bodies and it somehow makes us feel connected to each other.
These messages from the media, from each other; imply that, we should want to change and care about our appearances. And if not, we are worried, about being at a risk of getting targeted by a body shaming comment, from someone else.
There are actors and actresses who become victums of the ideal notion of beauty because public exposure of their image is a part of their job. They end up resorting to plastic surgery, non-stop workout and dieting. Which can be very harmful for their health and bodies.
By doing this, they construct stereotypes that women / men follow all over the world and establisha norm of the perfect body type.
However, the fact is that every body is made differently, and it changes diversely. Some of us might lose weight, others might gain weight or even stay at their same weight for most of their lives.
So, it is okay, if our body changes or isn’t of a perfect type. As they say, “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. We need to learn to love the way we are. Fat, thin, tall, short doesn’t matter as long as we are comfortable in our own skin.
Body shame is not about our body instead it is about our thoughts. Because what we feel about our-self is what we project out in the world. We all our unique, beautiful in our own ways, let’s celebrate our bodies the way they are.
Let’s love our bodies despite its size. Let’s try and fall in love with our-self.