This is a topic I’ve wanted to write about for a while, similar to my previous post on the skinny theory. Society is funny in a sense that we follow and we are persuaded by the definitions of beauty that the media makes, rather than our down to earth ones. In the early 20th century, it was attractive to have a more fuller figure, showing that you were healthy, as many people were starving during the time. If we look at today, not only in the fashion industry, but in anyone, there are boys and girls, women and men who are unconsciously, or rather consciously starving themselves. Through skinny tea diets, dieting in general and restricting food intake, the methods are endless. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s fine if you are trying to achieve a weight goal. However, having healthy eating habits and exercising regularly (even taking a walk) can benefit your health – which should always come first. I say this, because my previous experiences with not eating well, has always left me having poor health. Earlier this year, I ate so poorly I had to go to the emergency hospital on a Sunday night. I suppose what I’m trying to express, is that you have your body with you for the rest of your life. It’s working hard to keep you alive and well – cherish it , be kind to it!
It’s intense to the point that Instagram posts constantly show perfectly carved abs in a bikini or a sculpted and tanned body. I think it’s not wrong to have fitness posts, because don’t get me wrong, they are inspiring. However, it is what it is. They have exercised and eaten a balanced diet to reach their goals. Our society is even more so dominated by a physical culture. Bodies almost show empowerment in a sense, when it should be our abilities. Sadly, that’s not the case. Talking from my own perspective, as a person with a more boyish figure if you like, from the lack of a fuller chest, it’s important to remember that we are all built with a different figure. Instead of women body shaming other women, we should be empowering each other through our abilities. I remember when I was told to ‘eat a hamburger’, and it’s usually said in a joking manner, but in that essence, we put more emphasis on body image and shape. The obsession with body image affects every individual, when we put standards on them. Thin should not be an inspiration.There is no other way to say it, but to bluntly put it, that it is an encouragement of pursuing an eating disorder of some sort. Our acceptance of ourselves must come from within, before it can come from anywhere. We must truly love ourselves first before being able to love others.
A beautiful person is one that is kind // One that can smile, laugh and be happy in their life.
Feel free to check out the following article that says no to thinspo too:
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