Body shaming is a term that has recently gone viral in the online world. Everybody is talking about whether or not a “plus-sized” model should be allowed on the Sports Illustrated magazine or the actress from Precious, Gabourey Sidibe, should be posing in lingerie at her size.
But, it doesn’t only affect fat people, it also troubles people who are skinny or have long arms and it goes as far as criticizing women who don’t have a gap between their thighs. Sadly, I’m sure many people experience it in our circle of friends and family. Heck! I shame myself and my body ALL THE TIME.
I know that many of us have a difficult time with accepting and loving our body just like it is. For that reason, I wanted to talk a bit about body shaming and list some pretty important reasons why we should refrain from putting our bodies (and ourselves) down. Why? Because our body is the most important thing that we have!
“Your body is a wonderland!”
Thanks, John Mayer – it really is! And…here are 5 reasons why we should move all the negative to positive when it comes to ourselves and our bodies:
1. Our body is strong.
You may not believe it but your body is capable of the impossible. I know because if I can lift up to 90 pounds of weights at the gym and follow a challenging cardio/strength routine, you also can. In my case, I come from weighing around 100 pounds more than what I currently weigh and I have been able to use my body to get stronger.
2. Our body takes us places
Thanks to our body, we are able to get wherever we want to go. It allows us to experience new places, to meet new people, to engage in new activities. Your body is your freedom and you should take care of it.
3. Our body is capable of healing itself
Isn’t it incredible that our bodies are able to fight bruises, wounds and even infections by itself? Sure, sometimes we need extra help from medication but if you really think about it, when you give it the right fuel, a good amount of rest and take good care of it – your body does wonders.
4. Our body makes us unique
People notice differences in our bodies when they compare it to theirs or others. A cool birthmark or a beautiful golden skin tone. The skin we’re in truly makes us who we are, it is a reflection of what we’ve experienced, a kaleidoscope of stretch marks or scars that tell our story. Why would we be ashamed of our life? Why should we hide our stories?
5. Our body is part of the miracle of life
Women and men are able to create a new life – a brand new person to be part of this world. What’s more incredible in life than birth? As women, you have to remember that your body is capable of developing a new human inside of you. Yes, it may give you stretch marks, it will make you gain weight, but at the end of the day, the miracle of life could possibly be the most wonderful thing our bodies are able to achieve. And we can recognize that whether we want to become parents or not. We can be aware and refrain from putting ourselves down, from denigrating our looks, from hating on ourselves and resulting to body shaming.
Aren’t these enough?
Now to finish up, I am not here to glorify obesity or eating disorders and forget about the health risks we have when we are overweight or underweight. There’s definitely a question about health that needs to be addressed and I sincerely believe that no matter the number that shows on our scales, we should all be creating healthy eating habits and engaging in exercise a few times a week. The problem is, if you saw me out on the street, you wouldn’t even know that I follow a healthy diet and lead an active life. Many would just assume that I lay on my couch all day munching on potato chips – and that’s far from reality.
Nobody should have a say on things that are “wrong” with your body according to their twisted mind. Nothing is wrong with you and you need to be the first one to know that and appreciate it that. Let’s start loving ourselves, even more, each day, let’s create awareness that our bodies are worth it, that they don’t deserve our hate or criticism. Instead, we should work on making ourselves better – nourish and care about our actions and how they can affect our lives.
Thanks for hearing me out,