Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Deanna Schober had never been happy with her body. She was always comparing her body to others and never felt good enough. She found herself caught up in the negativity of jealousy projected towards women who she thought had perfect bodies.

 After years of living with body shame issues she finally got a wake up call and realized that she was sick of being unhappy with herself.

Body shaming doesn't promote a healthy figure

With the oppressive beauty standards that exist today, body shaming has become a norm in our daily lives. It is common to find people like Deanna who spend years feeling dissatisfied with their bodies.

Now working as a nutrition coach and running a fitness website called Coach Calorie along with her husband, Deanna helps people develop a positive body image and lead a healthy lifestyle.

"I can now look in the mirror, smile, and be happy with what I see, no matter what I see.", she says in her post on Tiny Buddha, a motivational website. "Part of my beauty is the light that shines from within. I am at peace with myself."

The media is under continuous criticism for promoting unrealistic beauty standards. According to studies done by Stanford University and the University of Massachusetts, 70% of college women say they feel worse about their own looks after reading women’s magazines.

Another study showed that watching prime-time television and music videos make men more uncomfortable with themselves. Body shaming has also been linked to
depression, eating disorders, Anorexia, Bulimia, suicidal tendencies, etc.

You don't have to be victimized for your body type
Even celebrities are not spared the constant humiliation of body shaming. According to The Daily Dot, although Serena Williams has dominated women’s tennis for years, she has always been subject to criticism about her appearance.

A Twitter user recently tweeted, I hate Serena that ugly monkey doesn't deserve to win. Even after achieving great success people still equate her athletic abilities to her appearance. Celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez have also been victims of body shaming.

Another major problem is that body shaming is considered to be an issue
concerning only women. "While we focus so much on body shaming women and how it is wrong, people don’t care about men being body shamed." says Canadian fashion model Liskula Cohen.

A study by the British Health Service shows that the number of men being admitted to hospitals for eating disorders has risen by two-thirds between 2001 and 2011.Body shaming is not the issue of a particular gender or race. It is a form of bullying and degradation that concerns society as a whole.

"Step away from the Mean Girls and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks." says Oprah Winfrey, an American talk show host and philanthropist. "Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say good bye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others."

By Sheanna Murray