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How to Ignore Body Shaming

By Lana Bandoim

Whether you struggle to lose weight, gain it or maintain it, body shaming is a common problem. Although most of the criticism focuses on people who weigh too much, those who are considered too skinny also face judgment. Pay attention to these tips for ignoring the critics.

Learn to Love Your Body Shape

It is easier to ignore body shaming if it does not trigger guilt. Learn to love your current body and accept it. Although losing weight can improve health, this should not stop you from enjoying life. Be comfortable with all the numbers on the scale and the comments from critics will not hurt.

Avoid Comparisons

Stop comparing your body to friends, family members or celebrities. When you avoid comparisons, the power of body shaming disappears. Even if another person criticizes your weight and compares it to a friend, this should not create pain. Instead, remember that everyone’s body shape is different and unique.

Do Not Tolerate Shaming

Stop accepting that it is normal to shame another person because of weight. Call out the critics and let them know that their comments are rude. This may not stop all cases of body shaming, but it may discourage some people. However, it is important not to feed the trolls online, so do not get involved in long arguments on social media with strangers.

Think About the Critics

Sometimes it helps to think about the critics and understand why they are body shaming other people. In many cases, the critics are projecting their own fears and problems. They may hate their bodies and cannot stand to see other people with the same or different weight. Also, they may use bullying to hide their insecurities and self-esteem problems.   

Give Compliments

Another way to fight body shaming is to give compliments. Praise people of every size and shape. Find something positive about everyone’s appearance. Compliments can act as ammunition against criticisms. They can lift other people’s spirits and encourage them to be comfortable with their bodies. In addition, they create a positive environment that makes people feel better.

Encourage Diversity in Body Sizes

Some people have found that publicly asking for more diversity in body sizes can help. This shows brands and companies that people want to see different shapes and weights represented in advertisements. Speak up and support body diversity.

Do not allow body shaming to take over your life. Consider these tips and ignore the critics.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.

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