O for Overweight and Ashamed? #AtoZChallenge
One of the most common discriminations many face on an almost regular basis are the ones based on physical appearance.
Have you gained weight?
You should watch your weight. Is it on the higher side?
Do you work out and watch your diet?
Those questions sound familiar, don’t they?
Research also suggests that obese women face more social pressure than obese men. Being overweight brings a lot of psychological pressure on both men and women.
There are many campaigns to tackle body shaming and to bring fat-acceptance. Some that have had far-reaching impact and some that became an object of ridicule. However, what inspires me most are personal stories of people who fought this shame or helped fight shaming by others, did outstanding things and encouraged many more.
Sharing one story today!
During early 2015, a man was shamed for dancing in public. Someone posted his picture with not very encouraging comments and then a group of women, 1700+ women got together to throw this man a party.
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) March 6, 2015
They used the hashtag #FindDancingMan to find this man and invite him to a dance party in LA. Guess what? He was found, supported by many than we can imagine and danced with celebrities along with many new friends. This little story on how social media can give you hope and positivity by people you don’t even know made me smile.
The story tells us to love and accept ourselves the way we are. There will be days when you feel low and let down by comments and remarks but never lose hope. While there are people who will pull you down, there will be even more who will pull you up during those dark days.
And to those who shamed this guy for dancing, go get a life and stop pointing fingers.
Read the full story here on Huffington Post and smile!
I am blogging from A to Z during April and the theme I have chosen is set on women. I am also a minion on co-host Pam’s Unconventional Alliance along with Claire, Shalini and Rajlakshmi. Visit us, show us some love and don’t leave without sharing your thoughts.