What Is The Reason Behind Toxic Body Shaming Culture In India?

Bodyshaming is a phenomenon where people comment negatively on others’ appearance or body size. This practice is harmful and can cause severe mental and emotional trauma and lead to eating disorders, depression, and other mental health problems.

In India, body shaming is widespread and is affecting people of all ages, genders, classes, and cultures. Women and men both face these issues and are negatively impacted by the unrealistic beauty standards set by society. People are continuously judging and criticizing others based on their physical appearance, weight, and body shape, which often leads to low self-esteem, inferiority complex, and many psychological issues.

One of the most common forms of body shaming in India is centered around weight issues. Even with people with healthy body weight are criticized for their body size, and they are forced to live under societal pressure to be thin regardless of their physical health. In many cases, young girls and women are especially susceptible to this issue and are encouraged to engage in extreme diets or exercise routines, which might lead to severe consequences in the long run. The impact of body shaming also affects men as most diets idealize the lean and muscular body type. So-called “skinny shaming” and “fat guy” jokes are all prevalent stoops in today’s terms. ” DON’T EAT SO MUCH, YOU WILL BECOME FATTER , THERE WILL BE HURDLE IN GETTING YOU MARRIED LATER” are some of the common comments we generally get to hear in an indian household.

The threat of social stigmatization on physical appearance is now promoted through social media influencers, celebrity worship, and pop culture. It is now affecting vulnerable populations, teenagers, and children in India. They feel pressured from social media influencers, peer groups, and fitting-in against the portrayal of unrealistic body images.

To resolve this issue, there needs to be an essential change in the mindset of society, where everyone should learn to appreciate others for who they are and promote healthy living and fitness, no matter their shapes or sizes. People also need to understand that everyone has different body types and it’s important to reject unrealistic beauty standards set by society and encourage self-love, body positivity, and acceptance for all shapes and sizes. Campaigns against body shaming and organizations promoting body positivity are much needed in India and critical in reducing the harm from body shaming.


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Jessica Shah

Jessica Shah is a freelance writer who always had a strong enthusiasm for being able to influence the masses by becoming a voice. She is a Feminist who hereby , strives to generate equality , upliftment and read more...

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