Body-Shaming and other things
Some of us saw “This Is Love “film. And the remarkable scene of Marry Mounib and Lobna Abdel Aziz when Marry was checking every single part of Lobna’s body to make sure that she has the perfect body for marriage and pregnancy, starting from the teeth to the knees.
We all laughed at this scene, but I wondered if the body-shaming issues we are facing today as women stemmed from these little actions,not only today's social media.
For years women have always been chased by the idea that their body must be model perfect, this started from the croisette 1500, and every generation carried it to the next, Till it led to shaming if we go against the standards society put.
You may have listened to many awful things every day about your body like “You’re so short”, “Do they eat your food?” “Stop eating, you don’t have a mirror?” “You have thinning hair, go to a doctor” and more and more. These comments we hear almost every day affects our daily routine. Instead of finding themself beautiful and accepting who they are, women google “ how to whiten your skin?” or “how to slim your nose ” and those questions by the way are among the region’s top beauty-related Google searches.
We all know about how body-shaming is awful but did you know that body shaming can lead to mental health issues and eating disorders too?
Body-shaming can lead to anxiety, depression, and social isolation. People with anxiety tend to overthink everything, and when it comes to remarks about their bodies, it is no different. Constant negative remarks may make people anxious to the extent that they suffer from panic attacks and depression phases
It can also lead to eating disorders. You find a person starves themselves obsessively to lose weight if they are too fat, according to the standards they put or, the opposite, where a person eats obsessively to gain weight if they are too skinny. This can lead to dehydration, constipation, undernourishment, bloating, and even irregular menstrual cycles.
Okay, now we know how old body shaming is and what it can lead to, but how we survive body shaming?
Forget about the cliché sentence “ True Beauty Comes From Within” we all hear this and it never helps.
But what you can do to overcome body shaming, is to admit to yourself that there is no perfect body in the world and there are no standards to define the perfect body . We all have our own imperfections.
You have to see that your body is part of who you are with it’s Rolls, Curves, Cellulite and everything, love every part of you because it is who you are.
You can also surround yourself with people who promote body positivity, they can help build up acceptance about one's body. Positive body image does not only require that you love your body no matter what, but also to be healthy.
Eating healthy food, staying hydrated and exercising will also lead to one having a healthy and positive body.
The key is knowing that all body types are beautiful, and to accept your own body no matter what.
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