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The Perfect Response When Someone Says, "Ugh, I'm So Fat"

September 28, 2015 2 min read

We have all, at one time or another, encountered that awkward moment when a friend self body-shames. This is a common occurrence and it doesn't have anything to do with weight, age or even gender. Countless people partake in 'fat talk' regularly. Trash talking our own bodies can lead to eating disorders, body dysmorphic disorders, social anxiety and depression. fat body shaming self esteem “We live in a society whose ideal of beauty is so narrow that few men and women fit into it, and most of us feel our bodies aren’t good enough.” says clinical psychologist Alexis Conason, Psy.D. It is also suggested that a majority of women who self-shame will hate on their weight and outward appearance to feel more accepted within a friend group. Lamenting about their 'thunder thighs' tells other women that they aren't a threat, rather than projecting the image that they are overly confident. Shame can almost act as a social crutch. So how do you combat the self body shaming bemoans of your friends? The perfect response to "Ugh, I'm so fat" is to reverse the mindset that these 'imperfections' are wrong. If your buddy is sad about their belly fat, remind them that it has been scientifically shown that a little belly fat is healthy. If your girlfriend is feeling guilty about eating that last slice of cake, remind her that indulgence is human and letting go of worrying about weight gain can be incredibly freeing. And if you see a self-hating social media status, personally message your friend and offer a listening ear if they're confronting body issues. It's all about support! To help others, you have to help yourself by stopping the body-bashing voices in your own head. “Talking badly about our bodies can distract us from deeper, less conscious issues we don’t want to face, putting the focus on something we think we can control." explains Karen R. Koenig, M.Ed. and author. Whether you're negative towards yourself or others, shaming will only bring you down. Start by accepting and loving you! What are your thoughts on promoting body positivity? How have you reversed your mindset about self image? Source: Elite Daily Do you follow us on Instagram? [caption id="attachment_110622" align="alignnone" width="100"]snapchat code @BodyRockTV[/caption]

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