Body shaming is the action or practice of humiliating someone by making mocking or critical comments about their body shape or size. Treating someone differently because of their body-style is the same and not more acceptable than treating them differently because of their race, skin tone, or nationality.
Words matter, and have the power to hurt. Even when we don’t realize it, words can cause someone to pause and pursue unrealistic expectations about their body. Negative connotations about weight and body image can lead to low self-esteem, social isolation, poor body image, and has also been shown to directly contribute to the development of eating disorders. Body shaming and fat shaming is the same as bullying, whether it be in person, or online. Typically, people are body shamed when they appear overweight or underweight or don’t fit society’s view of “thin and beautiful”.
Body shaming has been in society for quite some time, the internet, and social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, have brought it to an all-time high. With millions of users signing-on each day, social media platforms open the door for individuals and companies to share unrealistic expectations of an ideal body. Technology has made the focus on appearance easier and given way to a platform that invites body shaming and bullying more frequently.
What we need to realize is that everyone is unique and beautiful in their own way. In today’s world, everyone is self-aware and want to be healthy. It is possible to not look a certain way and still be beautiful. Body shaming is not correct and should stop immediately. This will only be possible if we become aware and stop judging people on the basis of their looks.