So, why is it that we look down upon our bodies with such disgrace? Maybe because we want to conform to the ideal size box that the society has set for us. And not only the superlative size image but also straight teeth, radiant skin, the right clothes, perfect hair; the society has established varied categorizations to make it easier for everyone to review and evaluate others on such ridiculous labels.
Let’s learn to be comfortable in our own skin. In today’s scenario, where we talk about equality, even men are judged on the basis of their bodies. From jabs on weight, hair loss, and skin color, to being called effeminate, they suffer too. But unfortunately, we live in a patriarchal society, implying that the pressure on women to be “perfect” and look beautiful is huge when compared to that of men. Although, this does not deny the fact that men and women alike undergo body shaming at some level or the other. We need to be healthy, and apart from the contrary belief, it has nothing to do with weight. A healthy lifestyle is not denoted by size and being healthy would mean something different for each and every one of us. Perhaps, healthy is truly an outfit that looks different on everybody. Being healthy and fit should be the goal. One can be fit and toned at so many different sizes. That is what the society needs to realize.
Written by Chhavi Minhas
“A free spirit, dreamer and admirer of this puzzle called life”