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Let’s Talk About: Body Expectations

Social media is making people, especially young people, become anxious of the way they look. Especially when they follow celebrities like Kylie Jenner who makes it a big thing to have big lips and then once everybody hops into the trend of having big lips and and making young girls believe their lips are too small she decides to have our fillers removed and promote that people should look natural. These are the types of celebrities (who have millions of fans and followers on social media) who are constantly making and changing trends and making young girls believe that they should also be changing their appearance and making them uncomfortable in their own skin.

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I am a huge fan of the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, I love watching it but at the same time I despise it. The only women you ever see walk the show are skinny, I know most models are but it seems that during the period of this show they go to extreme measures of working out more and eating less. When I was younger the VS show wasn’t something that young people would really watch but with how big social media is the show is watched by millions of young girls who then find that these models are their new ‘body goals’. This is my healthy for young girls as they are then starving themselves as they believe this is how they are supposed to be looking.

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Magazines are also setting a bad example for body expectations. They are either putting these super slim models into the front of their magazines or they go to the next extreme and put a plus size model. I have nothing against plus size models, I think they are all beautiful no matter their size but it seems that magazines go for the largest plus size model who tend to be extremely obese. This is just as unhealthy as putting a skinny person on the front. You are showing girls that it is either good to be skinny or good to be obese. All we ever hear on the news is that we are suffering in the UK at the moment with a rise in obesity in children yet we are showing them these pictures which is leading them to believe that to be ‘normal’ and have a ‘perfect’ body, you should either be super slim or obese.

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What about the average sized woman? When do you ever see positive images of size 10-16 women? This is a healthy size and the size of the average woman, yet they are never published in magazines or praised throughout social media.

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5 Comments

  • Reply cockneycountrybumpkin

    So true I worry about how my little girl will grow up perceiving what is “beautiful” from the media!

    September 10, 2018 at 8:34 pm
  • Reply yvonnewabai

    This article answers your question, at least in part. And you can check out the rest of them too. The writer of the column is Megan Jayne Crabbe, a woman who previously suffered from anorexia. Please do read it, it’s the least I ask. You did, after all, pose the question. https://www.the-unedit.com/posts/2018/4/30/ask-bodyposipanda-how-do-i-respond-when-people-tell-me-body-positivity-is-promoting-obesity?rq=Obesity

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    September 10, 2018 at 9:40 pm
  • Reply Kulturethirst

    Totally agree! We are all so impressionable & put way to much pressure on ourselves that we forget what we consider a flaw, someone else considers beauty!! A reminder we all need – if we change the way we look at ourself, people too will begin to see the confidence and look st you different . We are all beautiful💖💖💖

    September 13, 2018 at 12:58 am
  • Reply Olliviette

    I have to disagree with some parts of your post. Here’s what bugged me. I am of average build, my sister is fat. I’m not being rude, she says she’s fat and that’s what she wants to be called. She works out, she eats salads and she eats pizza. She’s has a “typical” diet. But she takes care of herself as well. I don’t think she’s ever going to be “skinny” or as small as I am. If we put her on a magazine, someone is going to say (without knowledge of her exercise habits or the things she does to be healthy) that she’s promoting an unhealthy lifestyle.

    There are many bigger men and women who have healthy lifestyles while smaller persons do NOT. I think it’s important to have diversity in the world, not just in skin tone, but also in size. In shapes, in backgrounds, in education levels, in everything. Now I don’t know if Tess Holiday sits and eats a ton of unhealthy food in one go – because I know there are people who simply sit and eat and don’t do anything, but from what I can see she is a woman with a career, she’s is out there making moves. She’s not on TLC laying in bed for months and eating buckets of food. *That* is unhealthy, *that* is what we should be worried about *anyone*, not just children, mimicking.

    The last bit of your post saying the average size, a size 6-10 is a healthy size, is really wrong. If you are healthy at whatever size you’re at – it’s a healthy size. My mum is vegan, she runs marathons, she’s not a size 10. She’s bigger than a 10. She is healthier than me and I’m an 8/10.

    I think you came at this from a good place but there are some points in here which are just as dangerous as those magazine covers.

    Olli – http://www.olliviette.com

    September 17, 2018 at 11:29 am
  • Reply Ellie

    Magazines really do concern me, they cannot seem to portray a diverse image of healthy. Also the body shaming involved in articles is vile, it is honestly worrying that journalists are allowed to write the stuff they do. It really is damaging and i hope things change soon, but it does not seem they are!

    http://lifeofellabella.blogspot.com/2018/09/top-tips-for-finding-happiness.html

    September 29, 2018 at 10:39 am
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