Don’t Let Anyone Tells Kids that Skinny Is All That Matters!
So as I read articles on the internet I stumbled upon a little gem about a store that had the lovely little box in their children’s section. Right in the center of a display they placed a box with the words “Dear Santa this year please give me a big fat bank account and a slim body. Please don’t mix those two up like you did last year. Thanks“. Yup, right in the children’s section…more specific in the little girl section. This is upsetting. The store (it’s called Dillards) stated that it was meant to be a joke, but it is not funny.
Again, this was in the little girls section. Children are very impressionable and seeing something like this in a store may make them think that THIS is what they need. THAT is what will make people like them more. It is hard enough growing up having to figure out who you are, focusing on learning, and trying to make friends! They don’t need to be told that something else about them is “flawed”. No, it is society that is flawed if they think that something like this is acceptable. As adults it is our responsibility to stop messages like this from being accepted and dismissed as jokes. We need to do this not just for ourselves, but for future generations.
We need to make sure that we start accepting ourselves and our bodies for what they are. We need to stop looking at what we think are our flaws and start pointing out the good things about ourselves. Remember out of the billions of people in this world, none are exactly like you. You were made special and you are just as unique as a snowflake.
It is one thing to start exercising and eating right so that you can be healthy. It is another thing to feel bad about who you are and not eat so that you can get that “slim body”. We want future generations (girls and boys!) to see that weight doesn’t define them. Our actions can either help create positive change, or the can have a negative effect on future generations. Do we want to send a message of acceptance, or do we want to send a message that unless you are a certain size you are not worth it?It is up to use to decide.
It is up to us to say “enough is enough we are amazing no matter what our size”. And that is so very true. The size of your waist does not determine your beauty or awesomeness. The size of you waist only determines your pant size. We just need to start believing that a little more. Remember, there are impressionable minds out there. They can hear us, they can see us, and they can see what magazines and commercials are saying. It is our job to show them (and ourselves) that things are changing. Start a revolution by loving yourself! Show the world that weight does not define us. That being happy, healthy, and kind are what matter. and remember above all else…
You are amazing and beautiful just the way you are! No specific size required.
Posted on November 14, 2014, in Self <3, Self Esteem and tagged accept who you are, body acceptance, body image, body shaming, fat shaming, love your body, love yourself, mental health, positive body image, positive thinking, self esteem, self love, Self-Help, skinny shaming, start a revolution, stop body shamming. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.