Did you know there is a book called “does this pregnancy make me look fat?” written by one Claire Mysko ( who by the way, is director of the American Bulimic Association and is an international expert on body image)and partner Magali Amedei (supermodel and international marketer). No offense to any of them, I imagine they are just part of this crazy new culture of fat shaming that has emerged online.
What really got my attention was when that Norwegian girl posted a photo of her body four days after giving birth. She doesn’t even look like she was ever pregnant.
Now, instead of actually concentrating on you and your baby’s health and wellness during the pregnancy, the internet has come up with a whole new way of making you anxious, unconfident and unglamorous when you are in your ninth month of carrying a baby to term. Remember when our culture used to care about newborn babies? Instead they seem to only care about what the feminine form looks like after it gives birth.
New Mothers are buying into this hyped up situation. Women everywhere are buying into this whole shameless approach to throwing half-naked photos of themselves online to I guess, boost their self-image and confidence in an unfriendly ,boring world where no one really cares about you unless you are beautiful.
Xojane, an online magazine writes a powerful piece about a Georgia campaign called Strong4life which was attempting to combat the issue of childhood obesity back in 2012. The campaign decided to put photos of actual fat children on billboards along with some catchy text slogans in their campaigns such as “chubby kids may not outlive their parents” or “fat kids become fat adults”. Yeah it really captures the spirit of the American way of doing things these days.
I am unsure if this culture should be called” fat shaming” or “fear of being so fat that people point and stare because they have nothing better to do”. Not that is matters, I am being replaced by a computer.