around the world theme expose the body And body positivity has found a platform, with many celebrities speaking out about it and calling out people who judge others from the prism of superficial beauty and unrealistic standards.
In India, while fat shaming has been a norm in the mainstream for a long time – with many previous films making fun of characters of a certain weight – things seem to have changed for the better now.
Remember when the movie Ayushman Khurrana Dom Laga Ke Haisha (2015) Was he plus size Bhumi Pednekar in the lead role? Without being preachy, the film remained comprehensive and sent a positive message to the world.
But on social media, things are still a bit murky. For plus-size folks who show off their confidence — even actors who had to put on weight for a movie — there is army of trolls Waiting to be ridiculed and torn apart.
But taking the bull by the horns is Sonakshi Sinha, Huma Qureshi-starrer Double XL, whose trailer ad was making the news. The story ostensibly deals with two confident plus-size women.
In the trailer, Sonakshi and Huma’s self-deprecating dialogues seem to be directed at people they’ve ridiculed in the past, and they probably will again, given the movie’s plot for which they had to put on weight.
Here is the trailer:
We reached out to one expert – Dr. Samir Parikh, Director of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences, Fortis Healthcare – to find out how bullying and body shaming affect a person’s mental health.
“Any form of verbal bullying — using abusive language, calling names, or saying negative things about people including their bodies, appearance, body image, fat shaming, etc. — means you’re overstepping the mark,” Dr. Barrick said. You go beyond your limits in getting into someone else’s mind space and passing on feedback to that person.”
According to the doctor, we should feel comfortable with our bodies, because “body image is an integral part of our self-esteem.” “When people start commenting on our bodies, it has an impact on our self-esteem and that can affect our overall well-being. So people who are bullied online in the context of obesity shaming, especially young people, start to not feel good about themselves.” They may end up feeling inferior, they may be reluctant to meet people; they may develop social anxiety. It affects their relationships, academics, performance, and feeling good about themselves. They may constantly feel dissatisfied with themselves which may affect life in general.”
Dr. Barrick continued by saying that people who experience any form of bullying are more likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and insomnia. “We need to understand fat shaming, body shaming, passing on comments about people’s appearance, color, height etc. are all forms of bullying that should stop, and we need to have zero tolerance for it.”
How can we fight bullying? The doctor shared the following indications:
* Raise awareness, and let people understand that you are not bullying because bullying affects people’s lives.
* Right from schools, children need encouragement to accept people as they are. Not passing on comments, not being negative to people, not bullying – kids should learn from the start.
“I think more people need to start talking about ensuring that we don’t experience any form of bullying and that we create an environment in our social media, social conversations where body shaming, obesity shaming, and any other form of negativity that we do through and conclude The doctor said, “The use of words and giving comments to people should stop completely.”
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