Body positivity and body shaming are subjects, which are not talked about enough.
The main thing about body positivity is, that everybody should be treated with respect and everybody is valuable no matter their size. It doesn’t matter if you are really skinny or over weight, you are still beautiful and important. A lot of times people assume that body positivity is encouraging people to be unhealthy, which is not the point. The point is that no matter your size you should be treated the same as everybody else.
Even though it should go like that it doesn’t. Lot of people have experienced body shaming in their lives. Body shaming is too common and normalized for some reason and it happens all the time. Usually people say that it was a joke or they didn’t really mean what they said, but they don’t realize that it hurts just as much, even if it’s a joke or not.
For example when people say stuff like “Omg you are really skinny do you ever eat?”, “It looks like your legs are going to break if you jump because they are so thin.” Or “Are you sure that you should eat all that?” “You should eat a salad or go for a run”. Comments like these hurt. People who say those things don’t even realize how bad it hurts and what it does to your mental health. You don’t know about their bodies or what they are going through, so why do you need to say anything at all?
A lot of times people don’t realize that everybody loses and gains weight differently and genetics play a big part in your weight. It’s not all that black and white, that you are fat if you eat too much and you are skinny is you don’t eat enough. All people and all bodies are different.
The worst case scenario is that, that little comment you made about their weight could lead to an eating disorder and very low self-esteem. If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone do not say anything at all. Everybody is beautiful.