Body Shaming is Bad: Why no one should comment on your body

Everyone seems to have a comment to say about someone’s body nowadays. Whether it’s positive or negative, people just can’t seem to keep their opinions to themselves. In today’s world, it’s hard to escape the pressure to look a certain way.

Everywhere we look, we’re bombarded with images of perfect bodies, and it’s easy to start feeling like we don’t measure up. Unfortunately, this pressure often leads to body shaming – the act of criticising someone’s appearance, whether it be for being too fat, too skinny, or anything in between.

What is body shaming?

Body shaming is an act of criticizing someone’s body type, shape, size, or appearance. It is a form of bullying that can be detrimental to one’s physical and mental health. Women, in particular, are often subjected to body shaming, which can negatively impact their confidence, self-esteem, and body image.

Fat shaming

While body shaming can be directed towards any body type, there are two common types: fat shaming and skinny shaming. Fat shaming is the act of criticizing someone for being overweight, while skinny shaming is the act of criticizing someone for being underweight. Both can have equally damaging effects on an individual’s mental health and self-esteem.

Fat shaming, also known as fatphobia, is pervasive in our society. It stems from the belief that being overweight is undesirable and unhealthy, leading to criticism, ridicule, and discrimination against people who are overweight. Fat shaming can result in a range of negative effects, including low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and even eating disorders.

Skinny shaming

On the other hand, skinny shaming is often overlooked, but it is just as harmful. People who are skinny are often the target of criticism and jokes, leading to feelings of self-consciousness and shame. Skinny shaming can lead to a lack of confidence, unhealthy eating habits, and even body dysmorphia.

Everyone is different

It’s important to remember that everyone has a different body type and size, and that’s okay. No one should be made to feel ashamed of their body. Instead, we should focus on building confidence and promoting body positivity. We should strive to create a culture where all body types are accepted and celebrated.

One way to combat body shaming is to stop commenting on people’s bodies altogether. Instead, focus on the person’s character, personality, and accomplishments. We need to shift our focus away from physical appearance and towards inner qualities that truly matter.

Words by Jenna Rink

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