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  • Writer's pictureNatalie Tai

IT'S THE SOUL THAT NEEDS A SURGERY

Updated: Jul 17, 2021

Body Shame. Insecurity. Depression. Compulsive Behavior. Overeating. Repeat.

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Article Outline


Social media posts exhibiting assertions negatively about body image may be insensitive at times as it puts those of bigger sizes in an invalidated position.


Be sure to precedingly contemplate life choices in the encounter of extreme remedies and tips for body modifications or changes in lifestyles such as diet plans and following fashion trends.


Body shaming can lead to physical damage to the body (bleached skin) and chronic psychiatric disorders (anorexia, depression, anxiety).


Today’s employers still obtain prejudice against those of larger size; conclusively, many earn less than their thinner counterparts due to nothing but weight.


Projects such as Demi Lovato’s “I Love Me”, MIKA’s “Big Girl (You Are Beautiful)”, Luke Korns’ “Trying Diet Suppressants Lollipops”, and Jubilee Media’s Spectrum “Do All Plus-Sized People Think the Same?” are great examples of positive change.


Be cautious of the way you treat your own body and that of others.


Establishing clear boundaries on social media posts with applications in which allows audiences to report content of dissatisfaction serves as a safeguard in internet inclusivity and protection.


Introduction


Statistics regarding body-image related psychiatric disorders continue to stagger up as individuals, disregarding race or gender, are pressured to flatten their curve. From celebrity-endorsed advertisements and products such as Kim Kardashian’s popular shapewear “SKIMS” to widely promoted diet-suppressants, “thinfluencing” is slowing falling into the realms of serious mental disorders and inhuman life-choices. Thigh-gaps and bulging rib-cages, it comes to no surprise that these trends boldly violate the laws of nature and health. It may be undeniable that there are individuals out there who benefit from modern diet plans and appetite-suppressants, it still goes without saying that much of today’s economic market is simply taking advantage of people’s vulnerability in regards to body-image for nothing else but selfish gains.


What Social Media Teaches the World



The negative energy society associates with realism as oppose to subjective ideal beauty continue to erode away the spirit of an inclusive and fair humanity. Although cruel intentions are out of the concern in the subject of social media as most of these posts are done plainly under the intention of naïve self-humiliation, it is also important to keep in mind the many implications and alternative-interpretations brought to the audience and how they can just be a millimeter short of caution and sensitivity. Assertions putting negative limelight of weight-gain simultaneously puts those of bigger size in a place of shame, alike using their bodies as the punchline.


Lying in the hands of many celebrities and social media influencers are the power of inspiring young minds, but many voices are only fueling society’s growing weight-bias. Promoting short-term solutions to treating chronic body dysphoria such as “clean eating” or ingestion of appetite suppressant is simply fighting fire with fire. Marking the victims of this crisis as invalid as opposed to targeting the real problem and working out solvency, the picture of an idealistic fake image only becomes clearer and clearer in a world of ignorance and narrow-mindedness, at the same time, a world of self-hatred and internal denigration.


The modeling industry has long stood as the “virtual reality” of young girls and boys, teaching them the remedies to blind flawlessness and the secrets of reaching stardom. But coming with all these are rules and regulations that limit future opportunities and experiences simply based on the color of skin, the measure of waist, and even the specific facial features in which align with the holy grail of today’s employers.


Impacts of Body-Shaming



The scientific community has long collected piles of evidence tracing body-shaming to accelerating negative health outcomes and contrary to popular belief, overeating is oftentimes a result of one’s desperateness of satisfying the burning crave for unhealthy comfort foods, a popular response of stress-disorders or depression. From physical damages to lasting mental health conditions, the impacts of body shaming shouldn't be taken as a grain of salt.


The urge for a more socially acceptable body has a significant trace to poor decisions from starvation to skin bleaching, and even to participate in illegal or uncertified body modification surgeries. In simple terms, this crisis perfectly mirrors the impacts simple words can have on an individual.


For those genetically predisposed of eating disorders or naturally prone to eating disorders such as anorexia, certain comments or enforcements on the thin idealism can furthermore trigger feelings of anxiety, depression, or even urges of substance abuse in which leads to exacerbation of bodily conditions. UK’s Mental Health Foundation has carried out studies in which show up to more than a third of the population feeling anxiety or depression as a direct result from negative body image in the past year.


Not only are there struggles in personal life, people’s professional life likewise has serious connections with their weight or physical identity, ultimately impeding them from many opportunities in employment and other recruitment experiences in life. Statistics have found significant correlation between the weight of a certain population to their chance in employment. The CSWD elaborates on this subject by explaining how those over standard weight are less likely given raise and promotion in comparison to those of average or below average weight; in fact, employees heavier than the average population are paid $1.25 USD less per hour, collectively meaning earning up to $100,000 USD less (before taxes) in comparison to their thinner coequals.


Heroes of Our Decade



As the world starts to see the flip side of the same coin adjusts the inner workings of media companies and modeling agencies. The new standards of beauty and expectations may be hard for some to understand, but an individuals’ self-worth should only be defined by their own lenses.


Those using their platform in advocacy for body-positivity is greatly appreciated not only by victims but also those seeking equality and inclusivity in their community. From the simplest forms of bringing public awareness through hashtags and small trending activities, to putting their profession to use, the world has begun to awaken from the long-stood nightmare talk show host James Cordon call “straight-up bullying”. Establishments and influencers such as Jubilee Media and singer-songwriter Mika's efforts in spreading the word of compassion and love isn’t going unseen as a brand-new renaissance of humanity continue to rise above the horizon.


Our Part



The promotion of a positive body image still has miles more to go in order to reach a physically and psychologically healthy society. The Mental Health Foundation has compiled a helpful list of tips and tricks not only for victims, but also for the allies or social media companies seeking the presentation of body kindness.


Individually being more aware of how we treat our bodies and others’ is the greatest way in kick-starting a positive cycle of body kindness and healthier mental and physical health. Keeping in mind how we, as individuals, play the role of consumers patronizing social media and business establishments, spreading the importance of regulations for companies’ commitment to promote body-positivity largely lie within our conscious choices and gestures. The Be Real Campaign’s Body Image Pledge allows for social media organizations and businesses to discover new ways of equally portraying the diversity of bodies alike the real world. In addition, a professionally executed system that gives audiences greater control over the content by allowing reportedly discriminatory content to be taken down is a responsible way of managing and decelerating the issue.


For tips of building a healthier body image and managing distress in relation to body image, visit the Mental Health Foundation’s official website for more information.


Works Cited


“Body Image Report- Executive Summary”, Mental Health Foundation, 2020, https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/body-image-report/exec-summary, 19th May 2020.


Cole, Cindy. “The Impact of Social Media Trends on Body Image”, Eating Disorder Hope, May 30 2017, https://www.eatingdisorderhope.com/blog/social-media-trend-body-image, 19th May 2020.


Engeln, Renee. “Stop Body Shaming During the Outbreak”, Psychology Today, March 24 2020, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/beauty-sick/202003/stop-body-shaming-during-the-outbreak, 19th May 2020.


Farrar, Tabitha. “Body Image and Women”, Mirror Mirror Eating Disorder Help, 2014, https://www.mirror-mirror.org/body-image-of-women.htm, 19th May 2020.

“Statistics on Weight Discrimination: A Waste of Talent”, Council on Size and Weight Discrimination, http://cswd.org/statistics-2, 19th May 2020.

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