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The body shaming phenomenon is not exactly new to the health and fitness industry, but has it actually gone too far lately? I wonder…..
Everyone knows about ‘fat shaming’, and we’re all very clear on how wrong it is, even going as far as scorning those who partake in such behaviour. “That’s nasty? What kind of person fat shames other people?! Ugh!!!
I have to say though, one type of body shaming, that I hardly ever hear people address is that of ‘fit people’. So by ‘fit’, I mean those people who decide they want to eat healthy, they want to workout and be strong/have more energy…be fit! We all know that our bodies come in sooooo many different shapes and sizes, and saying that, there really should be no (one size fits all) definition of fit and healthy. I’m seeing a lot of body shaming/name calling online aimed at people who are simply trying to work on their health. Somehow it’s totally wrong to fat-shame, yet we have absolutely no problem with telling someone they’re too skinny/muscly etc. seriously???? I’ve been on this fitness journey for a couple years now, and actually had to deal with people telling me I was starving myself, too skinny, not toned enough, showing off, the list goes on. I find it so sad that there are no longer any boundaries when it comes to this and everyone suddenly is an expert on YOUR life. It really has to stop, let’s try and do better as human beings.
I was so happy when Casey Ho of Blogilates.com released this video below, about the “perfect body”. What a great way to put a spotlight on some of the body shaming and cyber bullying that is happening on a daily basis.
How different would the world be if we all just decided to be kind to one another. You just never know what the other person is going through internally, despite outside appearances….speaking as someone who has has a body dysmorphic disorder (that’s a whole other blog post) since the age of nine, I can certainly testify to that statement.
I hate to leave on a sombre note, but it hope that this opens up an opportunity for us to be more open about these issues, and tackle them head on. You might sit there and think, someone needs to do something, NEWSFLASH!!! That someone is YOU, and ME and pretty much everyone else. Let’s choose to use kind words with one another, it really does make a huge differences, believe or not.
What experiences of any have you had with body shaming? I’d love to hear them in the comments below. Till next time as always, Love the life you’re living! Xo