There’s an insidious plague between us.
It’s in meeting rooms, bistros, parks, classrooms, wellness classes, spas, and
living rooms on each and every continent. It’s the reason for depression and
low self-esteem.

Did you ever stop and consider how
regularly we are advised to change our appearance? Magazines continually offer
tips about how to get more fit “in days,” seem slimmer “in a
split second,” and conceal our “imperfections”… without really
knowing anything about us, much less our appearance. This is one case of
body-shaming, and it is all over the place. It has turned into the standard to
scrutinize parts of our bodies as some sort of experience to bond with friends
– if we as a whole loathe our bodies; it by one means or another makes us feel
associated and joined together. Messages from the media and from each other
frequently suggest that we need to change, that we ought to think about looking
slimmer, littler, and tanner.

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The issue isn’t the food. The issue is that
we’ve been shown that what we look like is more essential than our identity or
even what we do.

What’s more is that this is an issue in
school as well. Every day we have people roaming around saying things like
“Don’t sit down, you’ll break the chair” or “Could you have worn a shirt that
wasn’t so tight?”. These are small examples of body shaming in our very own
institution. An institution where instead of achieving excellence, we run
around a large individual and then say that we have run all around the world.
Is that what we’ve come to? Shaming our fellow family members over the type of
body they have? Using remarks such as “I should just put you in the Bio Lab,
you’d do well as a skeleton there” doesn’t motivate someone to change the way
they look, it instead discourages them and makes them feel bad about their
choices and their body. In the future, this may lead to anxiety, chronic
depression and may lead to a feeling of uselessness.

Worse, it omits context: that specific
individuals are made to feel a particular sort of shame for their particular
sorts of bodies. That fat bodies, and debilitated bodies, and trans bodies, and
brown and black bodies are stigmatized and criticized at a more noteworthy
extent than thin white bodies. That specific bodies are inscribed with a sort
of aberrance that rouses contempt or malice. That specific sorts of bodies face
a lethal sort of brutality on the off chance that they don’t mix in with the
crowd around them. When we focus “body shaming” as an issue, beauty is
the right we’re battling for. For those of you who think beauty omits from the
way you look, don’t. True beauty truly comes from the person rather than the
way that person looks.

We think we are imperfect since we look
different. We attempt to fit into an outlandish shape. Quit trying. Also, to
you, dear reader, please stop mentally dismantling yourself. Look in the mirror
and commend your uniqueness. You are wonderful and enough, just the way you
are. Be who you truly are.

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