Body Shame effects all types of women. It is often publicly acknowledged that overweight women are targeted. But it’s ladies of all body shapes that are critiqued by fellow girls about their weight, what they are wearing and how they condone themselves.
I have always been a tall and thin girl. According to the BMI index, I’m considered underweight. But I am not, I am healthy, I eat very well and have become very comfortable in my skin.
It hasn’t alway been like this though, and I know that many of you will be thinking ‘oh poor you, you’ve been thin all your life’. But it’s not that cut and dry. Being thinner, and having a stint working as a model, girls have never hesitated to share their negative thoughts regarding my weight, which is stemmed from jealousy and societies idea of what is ‘beautiful’ and ‘womanly’.
As a way of feeling better about ourselves, the front pages of magazines tell us that we need to judge others. “They are too thin, too fat, a mess, yo-yo dieter” etc. We need to stop the body shame amongst women and learn to feel good about oneself without the need to put down those around you.