Body shaming is inappropriate, whether a person is healthy or skinny, kapish. It is rude and offensive to talk about someone’s weight, not knowing they might be struggling with a disease, mental health problems, or other factors on a daily basis. This is why it is high time for action, this is why some amazing female activists are giving body awareness on TikTok to tackle the issue.
TikTok is an extremely popular platform (2,6 billion downloads) where the young and old (13-60 years old) express themselves through videos.
While the app promotes healthy and fun activities, there have been countless times when people have become victims of body shaming, not just there but everywhere.
It is highly unfortunate that individuals who have the freedom of speech and expression have to think multiple times if they should upload their content because they’ve started to feel insecure about themselves due to shaming. But there are some who are ready to change the narrative once and for all.
A new trend has emerged on TikTok being dubbed the mid-size/plus-size movement, which aims at giving awareness for body positivity and inclusiveness.
Here are some activists doing what they do best:
One activist that is winning hearts is body-positive influencer Flo aka Florene Simpson. She uses her TikTok account to spread self-love, shares tips on how plus-size girls can be more confident about their bodies, and at times shares the most delicious recipes. Her content is not only educational but hilarious as well. Flo encourages people to embrace their lumps, bumps and curves and focus on mental well-being as much as physical health.
Anna O’Brien is yet another body-positive advocate who shares that “These changes to the ad policies make me feel safer, more welcome and prouder to be a TikTok creator. Diet culture isn’t welcome on TikTok, because diverse voices are.”
This message is just for you. ❤️
TikTok partner and National Eating Disorders Association CEO Claire Mysko said:
We are encouraged to see a prominent platform like TikTok join the movement to End Weight Hate and challenge fatphobia. Weight stigma has been documented as a significant risk factor for depression, body dissatisfaction, and low self-esteem. Research shows that those who experience weight-based stigmatization are at an increased risk for eating disorder symptoms. Weight stigma and discrimination harms all of us. Social media is a powerful tool to create safe and inclusive spaces where all bodies are accepted and celebrated.
Pakistani women have also fallen prey to body shaming, harassment, and other violations on a daily basis. News of rape and harassment have become very frequent. This is a scary time for women, however, the gender is not shying away from raising its voice. Our strong women are fighting back, are breaking shackles society has tied around their ankles, and are accepting themselves for who they are.
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