As a woman who respects her being, it is pertinent to eat right and maintain a healthy BMI [body mass index]. When an obese woman, who is susceptible to varied lifestyle diseases, encourages her fellow counterparts to accept the way as they are; it only propagates a nonchalant attitude and a fundamentally wrong notion of a woman’s choice. There is nothing feminist about staying bloated with a protruding tummy and oodles of fats; deposited on the butts, thighs and arms among others. Taking care of one’s body should be the first step toward internal feminism. Whilst the popular notion of feminism is asking for equity from the institutions and society, respecting one’s body by starting to remain fit and thus fabulous should be the virtue of feminism a woman has to inculcate before she ask people to respect her precious being.
Eating only the right food and
a 30-minute walk is the ideal way to keep oneself fit. Rigorous hours in the
gym, botox and other plastic surgeries are a person’s prerogative. The colour
of the skin, structure of the body and the height of woman are nature’s gift.
But getting a glowing skin and maintaining an appropriate body mass index is
the effort a woman has to take in order to avoid any unwarranted diseases.
There have been very few cases where the woman’s body have been criticized for
taking good care of herself. While seriously criticizing a woman’s physical
appearance is not appropriate and unwelcomed, any remark from concerned
acquaintances about an obese or zero size body, should be taken as a wake-up
call to do something about their bulging or shrinking body.
A woman should be fit and
healthy and nothing else in physical appearance. Any notion of patronizing the
big, fat, skinny bodies that she tortures on it should be discouraged at all
instances. Feminism grows from the idea of respect for one’s body and gender.
Treating them horribly by eating bad carbs, processed food, sugary and fats
filled snacks is feminism gone wrong.
While teenagers need to be
guided appropriately in order to avoid crash dieting, a certain course in
school for eating right with the help of dieticians should be included in the
curriculum. The dangers of anorexia and bulimia on a growing girl’s body should
also be taught early in schools so that no girls would be encouraged to crash
dieting and thereby suffer from disorders related to it.
Anything bad should be pointed
out but deliberate criticism to put people down is the work of the shallow
minded fellows. The best option is to avoid such pests and simultaneously act
upon getting fit.
Also, zero sized celebrities
have influenced young girls to be anorexic. A culture of thin female actors has
instigated a trend of skinny sized body structure among the teenage girls and
young adults. It is important that authors write ferociously against the public
personalities about their body sizes as they play influential role models to
the next generation.
The initiative by former US
First Lady, Michelle Obama, to ask her American counterparts to eat greens to
curtail obesity in the United States, didn’t go down well with many as they
took it as a way of body shaming. But the basic question is, should an obese
body ridden with implicit diseases be encouraged? It is time that
pseudo-intellectuals sit up and think straight about the consequences of
voracious slogans against any form of acknowledging that a woman is obese or
While serious body shaming has
been considered unhealthy and should be reprimanded if anybody indulges in it,
what is more important is to propagate a healthy lifestyle so that nobody would
be obese and anorexic. In the past, literatures have been dedicated to the
definition of body shaming but it is better to concentrate on the study of
eating healthy and staying fit as an alternative.
A chapter should be included in
the study of feminism where the definition of it would also mean respecting
one’s body enough to keep it fit and healthy. A new curriculum should be
introduced on eating healthy and remaining fit so that the cause of body
shaming is tackled at the roots. Also, if a person tries to be mean enough to
say more than what is considered ‘concerned’, the best way is to avoid such
kinds as toxicants. Rebuffing them would also help.
The bottom-line is that people
should accept that there is problem in the body and that is the reason why it
is being pointed out. The first thing that should be in one’s mind is to do
something about the body. Unsolicited remarks should be rebuked at best,
keeping in mind that harmful body shaming is the work of a bully and should be
dealt stringently that is befitting to them.
(The writer is the founding editor of The Current)
The winner of the beauty pageant Miss Kut 2019, Marlyn Niangmuanching and 1st runner up, Lhinghoineng Thadou were felicitated by Zara Spa and Salon on Wednesday at Mantripukhri.
As an appreciation, the salon gave both the models, a free beauty treatment worth Rs. 10,000.
Proprietor of Zara Spa and Salon, Kelly Nengcha Kipgen said, “Since 2014, we have been giving platforms of modelling to the young aspirants in our best level. Many of them have become successful models.”
“We will continue to give maximum support to young aspirants who are fond of modelling,” she added.
Both the winners of Miss Kut 2019 expressed gratitude to Zara Spa and Salon for the support given to the young aspirants in Manipur.
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