“You look so thin! Are you sick? Are you trying to be a model? Is your family too poor to feed you?”
“You’ve become so fat! Stop stuffing your face. Doesn’t your mum care about your health or what?”
Let us start by saying one thing, your weight doesn’t decide your value as a human being. Beauty comes in all sizes, shapes and forms. The decision that you made to put on weight ot lose it should depend solely on yourself and your health should be your priority. The words ‘Weight management’ comes with a lot of unpleasant connotations thanks to the shallow modern standards set by society.
Let us talk health, mental and physical. Out of all individuals who suffer from mental disorders, 80% of them are reportedly obese or overweight. A sedentary life style, unhealthy eating habits and genetics play a role in obesity. People who are upset or going through some difficulties tend to eat more amounts of food than what is actually required for the body. If we are being honest, none of us will want to reach for a slice of cucumber or broccoli when we want to stress eat, not when the fried chocolaty goodness is luring you in. Unhappy with their body image people tend to develop eating disorders as well. Anorexia Nervous, an eating disorder characterized by obsession with losing weight by starvation or extreme exercise affects about 1 million individuals per year in India. Bulimia Nervous, a potentially life threatening disorder that makes the one affected binge on large amounts of food and then purge the body of the extra calories by induced vomiting or by using laxatives affects more than 1 million people per year in India. Always make sure that your weight loss journey doesn’t have the potential to kill you. Eating healthy, drinking lots of water, exercising or consulting a dietitian is the best and the healthiest way to manage your weight. Also throw in a basket full of self love your way every now and then.