Body Shaming: It’s more dangerous than you think!
“We are our own worst critic” is also a term that we use to explain when we are too difficult on ourselves as individuals.
It’s a normal desire for most people to always be better, quicker and stronger. But this craze for change can lead to serious mental health consequences resulting in body shaming. Particularly when our physical appearances are time-bound.
As the running joke of the show, the media has often depicted overweight characters, resulting in “fat jokes”. And a significant form of self-doubt known as body shaming. Body shaming is referred to as the action or practise of displaying shame about the body shape or size of another person. It’s a form of bullying that, particularly at a young age, may result in serious mental pain.
It can be highly harmful for them to comment negatively on the size or shape of anyone’s body, potentially contributing to low self-esteem, rage, self-harm. And even mental health problems, specifically body dysmorphic disorder.
In certain respects, body shame manifests:
*By judging or body shaming another human being. And criticizing your own appearance.
*Criticizing the presence of another person in front of them.
*Without their awareness, insulting another’s appearance.
Unfortunately, for both men and women in all various shapes and body types, body shame exists. Body shaming has included both “too fat” or “too skinny” criticisms. It frequently picks on completely irrelevant flaws. In ways that have begun to normalise these harmful practises, many magazines, social media sites, and ads contribute to body shaming.
Many TV shows and movies have also fallen into this trend. Where criticism and comedic relief are often the focus of the’ fat’ character. It is important to consider the possible implications that may occur with the trending behaviours of celebrity fat shaming on social media.
Body shaming isn’t funny. It never had been.
How much have we been part of discussions that belittle the supposed ‘obsessive compulsive’ thoughts of cleanliness, jokes made of the way someone looks or dresses, or more, of another person? If we were the object of some of these jokes or if we just laughed with the group, there is certainly something ‘uncool’ about these remarks.
Body shaming is, and has always been, personal, more than anything else.
There’s always a write-up that advises you to turn a blind eye, to remain assured that, despite what people tell you, you’re inside. It hurts and stays inside your brain for much longer than it should, though.
What to do?
Maybe we were victims of gagging remarks and making us want to hide. But maybe we were part of those who laughed, or worse, said something positive to begin with. Whoever we have been, change is never too late.
Nothing else matters.
What you are seeing is what you are having. Look in the mirror and be satisfied with what you’re seeing. The only opinion that matters is your opinion of yourself.
Greater diversity in media photos, in the categories of skin tones, height, body size, facial features, hair textures, and more, are among the things that need to happen. We need a new “normal” of our ideals of cultural beauty. Just as important, we need to work in all forms towards equality.