I often wish we could just stop talking about weight issues, but for now the reality is that we still judge women by their weight. We're either too this or too that. Fashion magazines continue to plaster skinny women on their pages as if it's still the norm, which further exacerbates the issue.
Lindy West's article, Thin Women: I've Got Your Back. Could You Get Mine? was another reminder that there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done to get women to understand that they are enough.
The fact of the matter is, when you shame someone because they are fat or thin, it's bullying. When you feel the need to criticize someone because of their weight, why not stop and look at yourself first? Are you "perfect"?
We all have insecurities about our bodies, myself included. I remember a time in my younger years when I would make fun of other people because of how they look. It took my mind off myself and my issues. Eventually I grew up and learned to stop finding fault with everyone else and turned that negative energy into good by focusing on myself.
What do people compliment you on? Be grateful for those parts of you that you do feel good about. Stop wasting time focusing on other people and how they look. Instead of talking about someone else's weight, focus on how you can become more healthy and fit.
Of course this takes practice, especially if you've made it a habit to point out the flaws of others. You could wear a rubber band or some type of bracelet that serves as a reminder to focus on you, not them.
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