Body-shaming comes in many forms. Plenty of people out there are guilty of body-shaming others without the intention to hurt anyone. Simple slips of the tongue can become full-on body-shaming incidents and you may not even be aware of them. Here are 7 ways you could accidentally body-shame someone close.
#1 “Ugh, I feel so fat today.”
Fat is not a feeling. Eating a slice of greasy pizza may make you feel bloated, sluggish or sick, but it does not make you fat
. By saying you feel fat around others, you create the image that being overweight is something shameful. You can fix this by describing how you feel without generalizing it.
#2 Telling someone who has lost weight, “You look fantastic!”
Seemingly innocent, right? It actually causes that person to feel as though they did not look great when they were heavier, and are only now more accepted. Do not associate weight loss with an increased attractiveness.
#3 "I could never pull off that outfit."
This may sound like a genuine compliment, but it makes the wearer of the outfit question themselves. Do not place your own insecurities on others. Simply tell this person that they look great.
#4 "You're not fat. You're beautiful!"
Again, this associates being overweight with being unattractive and being slender with being beautiful. These are not opposites and should not be treated as such.
#5 "Eat a cheeseburger! You're so skinny."
Skinny-shaming is just as much of an epidemic as fat-shaming. Someone's outward appearance is none of your business, really. Just because someone is naturally small does not make it okay to comment on their weight any more than it would be okay to comment on a heavier set person's weight.
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#6 "Guys must love your curves!"
Female bodies, of any shape or size, are not purely s*xual objects. Curves or no curves, a body type is not more or less desired by guys. Compliment someone's body without mentioning how the opposite s*x views them.
#7 Telling an overweight person, "All bodies are beautiful."
This singles out that person and makes them feel that their body is different. You don't hear people telling Victoria's Secret models not to feel bad about themselves because all bodies are beautiful. All bodies are
beautiful. There is no need to state it.
What are your thoughts on body-shaming? How do you stop body-shaming in its tracks?
Source: Elite Daily
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