Close your eyes for a minute and name three things you love about your body. No, maybe not that fat belly. Maybe not those puffy eyes. Maybe not the round nose or maybe not that imperfect figure. Are these the thoughts you go through? IF your answer is yes, YOU must really read on.
I’ve always had a lean frame. Underweight, malnourished, stick-like or hanger-frame could easily be a few adjectives that I’ve heard about a billion times. I never liked the too straight nose, big eyes or the acne prone skin I grew up with, but at least I never loathed it. As I grew up, I started questioning about what is it that I am comparing my body with. Only to realize that there was no real need or person to be compared with- everything was genuinely fictional.
As I grew up, I began to realize that most people confuse a particular body figure as a ‘perfect’ one. Say it as you please, body shaming and labeling aren’t cool. The problem isn’t so much about what others say but about what you believe.
Unrealistic body expectations that most magazines, ads or media shows profess have suddenly turned into a beauty standard. So, a 10-year-old kid wants to look like the 25-year-old Alia Bhatt and all teenagers want to glow like Deepika Padukone. Well, nothing absolutely wrong about wanting to look a certain way but EVERYTHING wrong with abusing your body to be comparable to someone. If you’re still wondering why loving your body is important, here are 3 solid reasons:
- It is YOURS: Need we say more? You reside in that body which you have been cursing/ loathing inside out. Whether it is about how much you want to lose weight or put on weight- love ought to be conditional. Accept your body for the way it is and start pampering yourself.
- Eating what you like CANNOT cause a health hazard, seriously: Let’s get real. You really cannot fall sick because you ate your favourite muffin. You ain’t dying of diabetes just because you had a small piece of chocolate. Nothing of what you relish and eat will cause your body any trouble. Troubles will be caused when you restrict and suppress your bodily desires. Eat in proportion and always, ALWAYS enjoy your food.
- DON’T PUNISH YOUR BODY: One big problem of being excessively thin is that people mistake you for ‘dieting’. NO, I WILL NEVER PERHAPS DIET in order to seem appealing to you. Maybe if you’re overweight, you’d be advised to pull down. But, when you constantly suppressing your food instincts and keep cursing the way you are, you’re in deep trouble. You are stressing yourself over something that’s not needed and increasing the stress hormone in your body. STOP! Don’t punish your body for being a certain way, NEVER to please anyone.