Skinny-shaming, in simple terms, means criticising a person for how thin they look. Fat-shaming means bashing a person for how thick they look. Both skinny- and fat-shaming make the definition of body shaming.

Have you ever been told that you don’t eat, you’re starving yourself, that’s why you’re so skinny? Have you ever been advised on what you should eat in order to gain weight? Have you ever been told that skinny people don’t give birth to beautiful babies? Have you ever been told that you’re unattractive with that flat body? Have you ever been told that you’re fat, which means you’re unhealthy? Have you ever been advised on what you should eat so that you can lose weight? Have you ever been told that you should ‘eat like a woman’? Have you ever been told that you’re wife material simply because you have a thick body?

These questions and advice derive from the comparison between skinny and fat people and also from the myths that are passing from one generation to the next. These things affect one’s self-esteem in a negative way. People find it hard to accept themselves the way they are because of the fear of how they are viewed. They end up being exposed to things like body enlargement surgeries and medication that helps one to lose weight just to fit into the society’s expectations. This affects one’s mental health. People go through depression because they are not happy with how they look due to body shaming. We need to let go of this thing. People should embrace their own bodies without having doubts about them.

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