Food for Thought
The Canadian Women's Foundation recently published a blog titled: Food for Thought: It’s Time to End Body Shaming. Body-shaming happens when you criticize your own appearance by comparing yourself to another person or when you criticize someone's appearance. In the blog piece author, Jill Andrew points out. "For some, it’s easier to eat in isolation than to have one’s morality and character judged by whether they have dessert or not." Our image driven culture seems to be getting more intense. As Andrew's points out, body shaming is an effective way to tell yourself and others that they are not good enough.
Studies have shown that body-shaming can have harmful effects both physically and psychologically. It can lead to eating disorders, reduced self-esteem and depression. People who are discriminated against due to weight are at higher risk of depression and other mental issues like anxiety. Social media platforms have become a gathering place for people to participate in this kind of harmful behaviour. With so many more forums to evaluate images, comment and share, everyone can be a critic. Read the full blog - http://www.canadianwomen.org/blog/its-time-to-end-body-shaming