Virginia Woolf once wrote, “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” In a world fixated on skinny supermodels, the young have subconsciously become hostages to an alarming change.
For many people today, body image is an issue that affects how they think and feel about themselves. In a society where everyone’s criticized about their looks and their weight; where youth is increasingly promoted along with thinness as essential criteria for beauty, a positive body image is hard to maintain.
The pressure of conformity is worming its way to every individual and unfortunately, sometimes, majority of these people affected feel inadequate to a certain extent. But how do we get past these struggles?
While growing up, the people closest to me would always try to pick on my “heavy” weight. Some would call me “cute“, some would say “fat“. I guess that’s just how people would normally react to an overweight kid. And I ask myself, was I ever conscious of my look?
Hmm.. I don’t really know.
I had to ask my mom how I reacted to every “fat” comment thrown at me then and said that I stare at people and held my head high giving “what-do-you-care-if-I’m-fat” attitude. Ugh, seriously, I didn’t know I was that feisty! I was told that I liked being in my sleeveless cotton shirts and those cute little panties, my ass cheeks wiggling their way out of the confines of those poor kiddie underwears! Goodness, gracious!!
Then that must be the answer. I don’t remember being uncomfortable about myself either. Ever. I believe that loving yourself and accepting who you are makes a big difference and no matter what people tell you, it’s when you embody what nature gave you only will you truly be happy.
And guess what?
Your weight is just your weight, don’t give it anymore importance than that. As Carol A. Johnson, author of the book, Self-Esteem Comes In All Sizes, would put it, your weight is not a measure of your self-worth.
NOTE: I previously posted this article in one of my blog sites (TALES OF A THIRD WORLD NURSE) which I failed to update from the time of my last post up to this date. hehehe 🙂 And I just wanted to share it here.