Mental Health & Body Shaming.
Body Shaming subject the victims to life long mental and psychological harm. Experience have shown that people body shamed, have low self esteem as well as suicidal tendencies. Living with mental health issues and on medication, either antipsychotic or antidepressants causes weight gain due to increased appetite and other side effects like (gynecomastia) enlarged breast in men. To subject us to ridicule and body shaming which in turn exacerbate our symptoms is, dehumanising and unjust. This is one of the reasons, most people do not adhere strictly to their medication.
Society promotes body shaming by only recognising, and accolading people with certain physical and mental characteristics. I would like to emphasise that nobody is perfect. We are all unique in shape and form. Victims of body shaming, need a fortitude and resilience which exceeds reasonable standards to excel, without any detrimental effect to them. If you are reading this post ,and you are a victim of body shaming just remember you are unique, special, wonderful, exceptional and extraordinary. Stand up tall and live your life.