Once it gets past Easter we start seeing all the articles in magazines, on Facebook, in all the media about how to get ‘a bikini body’. In fact sometimes it even starts straight after Christmas, in January.
Quite frankly the whole things makes me sick. The whole concept of a bikini body is about body shaming. 😞 Which in my book is totally unacceptable.
Firstly there’s the idea that if you have a certain body size that you are not welcome to wear a bikini. That somehow, if you don’t fit the ‘ideal’ or ‘norm’ that you should be hiding your body. That’s rubbish: you can wear whatever you like whatever shape or size you are.
I totally understand that you may not feel comfortable wearing a bikini; I personally have never worn a bikini, I much prefer a one piece – but that doesn’t mean that I don’t believe in your right to wear one, if that’s your choice.
Secondly, the whole concept of making you panic about what you look like on your summer holidays is just clever marketing by some diet industry marketing manager. If they didn’t make it into such a big deal then no-one else would either.
I wonder who had that idea? 👩💼 ‘Hey, you know what? Let’s make women feel so scared of being judged when they’re on the beach on their holidays that they come flocking to our company for help!’.
If we start from the premise that weight isn’t inherently bad and that fast weight loss and weight cycling IS bad then this pressure and panic makes me really angry.
When you actually break it down and look at what does you the most harm and how it’s really behaviour change that improves your health, not changing your shape then this kind of body shaming is simply prejudice based on looks and nothing else.
If you’d like to work on your health (mental and physical) without body shame or pressure to wear or not wear a bikini, then you’ll love The Nest. It’s a community for people who understand that weight isn’t the be all and end all and who want to love food, feel good in their bodies and live life to the full now.
Do come over and have a look – we’d love you to get involved.