What is body shaming?
Body shaming is the act of humiliating or mocking another person because of their body type.
It’s negative effects range from reduction in self-esteem to issues such as eating disorders, anxiety, body image disturbance, body dysmorphic disorder and depression. There are different types of body shaming eg, fat shaming, pretty shaming, skinny shaming, body hair shaming etc.
Body shaming has become a problem as people take their own insecurities and aim them at other people to make themselves feel better. Body shaming, while common in both genders, is especially harmful to women. Comments like these are why both guys and girls have such low self-esteem. Body shaming is causing teenagers nowadays to be insecure.
Today’s generation does not see wrong in expressing their opinions which isn’t wrong in itself, but shutting out anyone with a different body type than them is not okay. This phenomenon has become so bad that young girls fear becoming fat and engage in dieting or binge eating. It also said that girls as young as five years old are worried about the way they look and their size. And one in four seven year old girls have tried to lose weight at least once. Also, one third of young boys aged 8-12 are dieting to lose weight. These statistics on both sexes indicate that body shaming has the power of negative effects on someone.
People with untoward intentions find it easy to say “her body is so flat,” and “He’s fat, that makes him so ugly,” and “you need to lose weight”. Nobody chooses the body they have. Everyone is born into that body without a choice. If someone is healthy then it should not matter what they look like to anyone but themselves.
What is a “perfect body” if we may ask? Magazines and social media put the spotlight on thin girls, and for the most part cancel out girls that are not a size 0. If a certain weight size makes me comfortable and happy then why not?
The picture of the “perfect body” is not realistic and its unhealthy. That’s why some people have resorted to plastic surgery. With each cut, they go back for more in other to attain a certain ideal that can never be. Society has created this image that the “perfect body” is a body someone must have or he/she is shut out. This means people see their body negatively. “If people learn that everybody is human, then they will realize that they are human on the outside and they will stop judging other people’s bodies.
We should not be body shaming. We should be motivating, supporting, and encouraging each other. Until everyone realizes that, body shaming will continue to be an issue. Body shaming is an issue that will not be solved unless everyone learns how to accept their own body.
Mental Effects of Body Shaming
There are numerous mental effects of body shaming. Some of them include: