Sunday, 17 May 2015

Let's Talk Body Image

Let's Talk Body Image - Pale Aesthetic

Okay, I've got something a little different today, I wasn't sure whether to post this, but with so much uproar around body image at the moment, I wanted to share my opinion on everything, because I have very strong opinions on the issue. I tweeted the other day saying; "In the same way that it's not okay to promote photoshopped underweight girls, I don't think it's okay to glorify obesity." and although I think that sums it up pretty well, let me explain…

We've all been affected by the medias super skinny portrayal of a "beautiful women", which in turn (even if we personally are not offended by it) psychologically makes us believe that's what we want to look like, you may not be someone going to the extremes to make that happen, but it's still something that may cross your mind from time to time when you're looking in the mirror.

However… that image is ridiculed because it's unhealthy, for both the body and the mind, but how is it any healthier to glorify obesity? People deliver hate to skinny girls, that might work actually hard in the gym and lead a purely organic lifestyle but applaud when someone unhealthy exposes themselves for a few minutes in the spotlight. You shouldn't teach your children that they don't need to eat their veg or take part in their physical education classes because they are beautiful no matter what shape they are, this is not a good mind set to have either.

Yes everyone should feel comfortable in their skin, but we need to accept that like everything in life, it's something we have to work at. By all means have massive dessert after your dinner, but maybe accept that means you're eating fruit for breakfast. Snack at your desk while you're trying to meet that massive deadline, but take the stairs instead of the escalator when you're heading for the tube. We should be brought up to accept that everything has to be a bit of give and take, and we need to find a balance, whether you're a size 8 or size 18, everybody's body is different and will respond to things differently, but sadly it's up to you to find out what makes you healthiest from the inside out. 


Can we please stop going from one extreme to another, and all just accept a middle ground that we should all be aiming for that's actually personally healthy.
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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this! Really love blog posts when people discuss issues which face our society, totally agree with what you just said :)
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    1. Thanks, I'm glad you agree, it's quite a difficult thing to write about, I was worried it would be taken the wrong way!

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  2. To be honest I can see things from a lot of different points of view; one person might see something as 'glorifying obesity' others might see it as a person publicly learning to love and accept themselves. I definitely don't think we should shame anyone at either end of the spectrum, and to be honest when people are more confident and happy I think they're more likely to want to make positive lifestyle changes :) xx

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    1. Thanks for your comment, I respect what you said, and I'm all for someone learning to love themselves, the person in question is clearly very beautiful, but I just don't think she should be putting herself forward for this media attention (which is largely driven by her weight) and as a role model for young girls. In the same way it's often frown upon to hold up an underweight girl as a role model. We should all be shown whats healthy, and strive to treat our body's right, in order to live longer and feel happier :) xx

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  3. I think that we should all focus on being healthy: healthy mind, healthy body, happy life. Let's face it, no two persons are the same. I may eat a hamburger everyday and not gain an ounce whereas someone else may gain 1 pound after eating each sandwich. Skinny doesn't necessarily mean healthy and there is a vast difference between being heavy built and obese. It is up to us to learn about our body, love and take care of it.

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    1. Thanks! I totally agree with everything you said. People need to know what works for them and just strive to be happy and healthy! Thank you so much!! :)

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