It was back in 2008, when Kareena Kapoor Khan created headlines for getting into the ‘desirable’ body size. Now, eight years later, people are still intrigued by the world celebrated body size. When asked again on Koffee with Karan about size 0, the zesty actress simply says- Never Again.
We all are a part of a society that values looks over anything else. Some might marry for looks or some might just fall in love for it. What is wittiness and sense of humour and compassion when compared to six-pack abs or size 0? Who do we have to blame for this insane obsession of being slim and buffed up, if not ourselves?
It’s no breaking news or nothing too controversial if I say this- people spend more time on social media than they would do on anything else in the world and that includes their jobs too. We love social media. Period. We love clicking a selfie that gets us maximum likes, we love posting our hot new workout regime on Instagram, and we love sending an #unfiltered selfie on Snapchat. But there lies an ugly truth amidst all these clicks. Excess use of social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Snapchat may lead to disordered eating and body image concerns among young adults, as per a new research.
Many adults and teenagers of all genders go through woes of self- confidence. The best way to deal with these issues is to conform to the societal norms, because conforming is easy but rebelling it, isn’t. Due to the urge for such conformity, we have many people immersing themselves into the scary world of eating disorders. From inhibiting themselves from eating to compulsively purging away the calories, people do it all.
Recently, Richa Chadha discussed about the pressures women has to go through to make it big in showbiz. For people thinking it was all about talent, I would urge you to think hard. It’s about the glamour and the actresses trying to be the superperson or the ‘supermodel’, people in general can’t. She confessed to having suffered from bulimia, which is an eating disorder, followed by a compelling urge to purge.
International stars like Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, Victoria Beckham all have struggled with eating disorders and have accepted them relentlessly. From our Bollywood diaries, Richa Chadha is the very first to have spoken about it, if not the first one to face it.
Since childhood we have been inculcated with the thought of looking good and being slim. If we are not slim, we might not find ourselves a well-deserved partner, or if we have a bulging out stomach we might not get a hot girlfriend. In many scenarios, being slim takes precedence over being a humble person. Wasn’t Parineeti Chopra a result of such conformity? She didn’t fight back, she conformed and whose mistake is it?
Are we to ignorant to bear the repercussions of body shaming and bullying we indulge in? Isn’t eating disorder a reaction to our excessive conformity towards being slim?
What is the great appeal about adhering to a body image that might not be for all? Why the motive is not to be fit but to be slim and trim?