Body Shaming on Social Media

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  Body Shaming on Social Media

 

During the last year and a half social media forms like, Tik Tok and Twitter have grown a lot and more people are using these platforms. Especially during the past year, during quarantine people have been going on social media all day everyday. Not only have people been scrolling through social media, they have also been posting.  Either it being a meme or a mirror selfie for the outfit of the day. People all around social media gain hate, and fans. 

 

A lot of hate  surrounds photos of somebody showing their body, boy or girl everybody and every “body”  can get hated and body shamed. It even happens to celebrities like Billie Eilish and Sam Smith, who have spoken out about body shaming, and people body shaming them. 

 

Many influencers and teenagers post on many social media apps. Many teens like to post photos to show their outfit, or just post a full body pic for fun. When these kinds of photos are posted, there are a lot of people, either strangers or friends commenting with compliments or liking the post. But sadly there are also people who post negative things primarily about the person’s body. Body shaming isn’t just calling people “fat” or “overweight”, haters also comment that people are too “skinny” or “need to eat more”.  Many teens stick to posting selfies or any other photos besides full body photos because of people hating on their bodies (or they just prefer other content) . There are also the brave and confident teens that post full body photos. These brave teens still get hate, either it be about their bodies or about their post.  The hate comments surrounding the person’s body are mainly from complete strangers, either the hater is having a bad day, or just enjoys leaving  hate and post negativity. 

 

One celebrity that made a big comeback to body shamers is Billie Eilish. 

Billie Eilish was caught by a paparazzi wearing a tight fitting tank top and some sweat shorts while running errands in LA.  This outfit is far from her usual baggy style and  many people were giving her hate and saying she has a “mom bod”. One man commented saying, “in 10 months Billie Eilish has developed a mid-30’s wine mom body.”  She  posted a short film about her body in response to the comments. In her film she says,”Do you know me? Do you really know me? You have opinions about my opinions, about my music, about my clothes, about my body. Some people hate what I wear; some people praise it. Some people use it to shame others; some people use it to shame me.”  She was very upset about the whole situation.  She doesn’t think complete people she knows let alone complete strangers should have the right to tell her, her body isn’t normal or she should be skinnier.

 

Talking about body image is important because it can lead to suicidal thoughts or actions, and it can ruin a person’s life completely. During quarantine people have started online accounts, and many have been getting cyber bullied. While many have been joining, many have been leaving social media on all platforms because it has become even more toxic than before. Most think that the quarantine boredom has gotten to their head. But regardless of their excuse, cyber bullying is wrong. 

 

Body image issues and body shaming can start as young as 7 years old. Some tips for people with self body image issues are:

  •   Surround yourself with positive people. Hanging around people who have a positive personality can improve your personality. “You hang with wolves you learn to howl.” You get influenced by the people around you. 
  • Take care of your body and mind. Take a bath, meditate, and wear nice lotion to treat your skin to. 
  •  Don’t compare yourself to others. If you love and appreciate your body and what it is. 
  • Don’t comment on anybody’s posts about their body. As the old saying goes, “Treat others the way you want to be treated”

 

Having a good body image may be hard at the beginning, but once you have a positive body image it will all be worth it in the end!