At some point in their lifetime, 20 million women in America suffer from various forms of eating disorders. Eating disorders include anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, or eating disorders not otherwise specified (EDOS).
In today’s society, I feel that so often a huge factor leading to these 20 million people suffering from eating disorders is the continual body-shaming going on. Individuals hate on each other’s bodies no matter the body type.
A definition by www.bodyshaming.org describes body shaming as: inappropriate negative statements and attitudes toward another person’s weight or size.
This needs to stop. Body shaming leads to eating disorders and eating disorders can lead to many health issues including depression and even as far as death.
Here is a YouTube video from The Real about body shaming:
With body shaming, females can described as one of the following: anorexic, flat-chested, thick, fat, overweight, having thunder thighs, having a muffin top, and so on.
Whether people are attacking individuals for being too skinny or for being too overweight, no argument supporting these attacks are valid. Unless you are the individual within that body, people need to learn to keep their comments about other’s bodies to themselves.
One of the most confusing things is that society for some reason believes that it is more okay to be negative towards specific body types. Here’s an article in reference to this idea.
Body shaming happens on various levels, from average people to celebrities. In July, a playboy model, Dani Mathers posted a Snapchat that directly proves body shaming a very serious issue. Her caption of a naked 70 year old read, “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either.”
‘Models’ should be focusing on being good role models for all women.
The image below shows the disgusting realty of how body shaming is so prevalent on social media. The comments vary drastically, some users are saying she looks great while others hate on her body for various reasons.
What really should matter, rather than physical appearance, is whether or not individuals are healthy. Individuals should be able to be happy in a healthy body.
Young girls grow up seeing the stereotypical body types being praised, causing them to think that that is what they should strive to look like. Parents, friends, and society help to shape this small-minded thinking.
This starts at unbelievably young ages. Personally, I can remember the first comment I ever received that now today I realize was body shaming. “Your boobs just don’t look like they should be on someone who is as skinny as you.”
Growing up until about age 16 I was always told I was too skinny, and that I needed to put some meat on my bones. But little did anyone know I was also the girl who would drink a Pepsi for breakfast and would eat chocolate icing right from the container.
Telling someone they are “too skinny” is just as negative as telling someone they are “too fat.”
Learn to positively reinforce that each individual woman you know has a beautiful body. With doing so you may help your family and friends to gain confidence as a beautiful, unique individual.
Compliment others and learn to really accept and appreciate positive comments about your own body.
I urge females to look at their bodies as beautiful masterpieces. There should be no standards to live up to. If you are skinny or curvy, learn to love your body.