Have you ever hated yourself for being called thin, fat, tan, or textured? Have you ever wanted to become the celebrity who hides behind those makeup products? Have you ever tried to tear yourself apart for being you? According to the statistics, 91% of n are unhappy about their body image. Cases of teens having suicidal thoughts are increasing as body-shaming is becoming quite common among peers. So is this thought real else is it just an illusion that threatens us? No matter what it is you and your body, it is your responsibility to show utmost affection and positivity.
Reasons for body-shaming:
- Setting the imaginary bar high. (For example, Textured skin is normal. Being obese is normal. Acne and breakouts are just a part of your body. Social media and filters blinds people.)
- Ignorance (You are not beautiful if you are obese, you will not get a date being this tall, you will get rejected just because you are tan)
- Low self-esteem (Feeling inferior about their body, in turn, they end up criticizing and judging others.)
We might even body shame others without our knowledge, but those words hurt them to an extent they want to kill themselves. People start to feel unworthy of themselves when they hate their body and affect their psychological well-being. The Mental Health Foundation, which commissioned the survey, said the issue could affect anyone at any age. Words have the power to kill and heal, so we must choose them wisely. If you ever come across a person who feels inferior for being overweight or underweight, listen to them. Assure them positivity. Stand by them whenever they need you.
Tips for loving yourself:
- Have a positive attitude. Life is beyond people’s criticism. Don’t bound yourself in their words.
- Have a supportive circle. Being with positive people lifts your daily mood.
- Distract yourself towards life goals. When you are successful, literally no one would ever talk about your body image but about your success story.
- Have a healthy lifestyle. Exercise, meditate, journal. These habits will make you develop yourself.
- Be worthy of yourself. Appearances are not everything. A beautiful heart is more important than a perfect figure.
Confronting negative comments is the only way to stop body shaming. Let us normalize our tone, skin, and textures. We all are beautiful and blessed, and having a healthy mind and heart are more important. Love others irrespective of their figures and numbers but never forget to love yourself first.