These days, the bigger and more frustrating issue is Concern Trolling a more subtle and sneaky way of shaming and fat loss advice. Most are talking about Body mass index (BMI), obesity related diseases and etc. All seemingly well intended and totally unnecessary—says Indian beauty blogger Ankita Chaturvedi.
She writes about her abusive relationship, weight gaining and divorce by posting two photos on her page ‘Corallista – Makeup & Beauty Blog’.
She writes, My biggest fear when I first experienced weight gain was the fat-phobia on social media. I have been creating content for 10 years and having gone through my turbulent twenties, 8 years of an abusive relationship, leaving a traditional career path to start all by myself in a new industry, moving countries twice, struggling with Poly cystic Ovarian Disease (PCOD), endometriosis and depression, eventually a divorce, OF COURSE my body has changed over 10 years.
Ankita Chaturvedi writes, We need to stop making assumptions about people’s health just by looking at them. The measure of someone’s health and fitness level is not in what size of clothing they wear. Don’t take it from me, take it from the experts. We need to do better as a community and society to stop fat shaming and fat phobia and accepting body diversity. And that is my motivation to do more full body/outfit shots on my platform now.
She says, Representation for bigger women, for curvier women, for women with soft tummies, jiggly arms and dimpled thighs. To show them that it’s possible to love yourself, to accept yourself & still make positive changes for yourself, not motivated by fat phobia but kindness and love towards you body.
I’m no stranger to fat-phobic and fat-shaming comments thrown my way. Fat-phobia is an irrational fear of being fat or being around fat people. Fat shaming is viewing and judging someone through the stereotypes of being lazy, gluttonous or unconcerned about health—she added.
She says, Fat shaming is damaging because— you don’t know my diet or lifestyle, you don’t know what health conditions I’m dealing with you don’t know the mental and emotional trauma or conditions I might have.