a post about body image

2 Nov

Oh my god- a blog post about body image! How original. Almost everyone has written about this topic, arguing for their respective sides, weighing up the pros and cons for certain diets but most can be sorted into two categories: body positive or pro-ana/mia. I fall into the former.

This here is my two cents on body image. I despise pro-ana/mia sites and thinspiration. It disgusts me and I genuinely cannot believe girls aspire to look like this:

image form here

I’ll be the first to admit, I’m not skinny. I never have been, I never will be and I am fine with this. I love food (especially chocolate) and it would be all to easy for someone who doesn’t know me to say that I dislike the previously mentioned sites because I’m a jealous, fat blob. And those people couldn’t be farther from the truth. I love my fat- from my chunky legs to my squidgy arms- I can safely say I’m happy with the way I look. Oh, and I like my boobs. Damn I love my boobs.

Growing up [especially these days] isn’t easy and I for one have struggled with the way I looked in the past. I can’t say I was one for reading Cosmo or Elle Girl when I was younger and I never felt that I was consciously pressured to look a certain way, but looking back at it I guess I was. For a year or two, I always wanted to look a little bit smaller and figured I’d be happier if I lost a little bit of weight. Turns out I was wrong!

I first stumbled upon pro-ana/mia a few years ago when I was around 14 and was instantly shocked. I couldn’t understand why people wanted to look like this? At this time in my life I feel I should point out that I was slowly starting to love my fat body and knew 100% that I never wanted to be that skinny. Sure I knew people who were thin, but not that thin. Not life threateningly thin. My friends didn’t starve themselves in order to look the way they did.

The girls that maintain and read these ana/mia sites are putting themselves and others in danger- the body needs energy to survive and where do you get energy? Exactly: FOOD, the one thing they’re avoiding at all costs. It really is ridiculous. And why are they doing this? In order to achieve some form of so-call ‘perfection’.

Now, up until now this may sound like I have a thing against skinny people. I don’t, I really don’t, but I do have a thing against people who starve themselves in order to look ‘beautiful’. As previously mentioned, many of my friends are slim, some have high metabolisms, others just look after their bodies and there is nothing wrong with that. If you want to diet: go for it! If you want to gain a few pounds: I support you 100%. But do not, DO NOT, avoid food and starve yourself just because it’s seen as ‘the thing to do’. Because it isn’t.

image from here

There are hundreds of cases of people dying from anorexia, but the one I want to focus on is the first one I ever read about. The tragic story of Isabelle Caro, the French model who suffered from anorexia from a young age [13] and died as a result of it at only 28. A few years before her death, she and photographer Oliviero Toscani created the controversial No Anorexia advert, which was banned in Italy after being shown during Milan Fashion Week. Isabelle tried on many occasions to bring anorexia to light and warn others about what it really does to people. The No Anorexia advert was shocking, upsetting and heart wrenching and maybe, just maybe just the type of advert that girls and boys need to see in order for someone to get through to them.

I’ve had this picture liked on tumblr for about a year now and I love it. I’ve posted it on Yellow Bunting before and I’m doing it again but it says what I’m trying to, though ever so more eloquently.

It could be said that this illustration could be re-created by Yellow Bunting writers. I know it can and I kinda want it to.

On another note, those who say ‘only real women have curves’, please stop, you’re embarrassing yourselves. Real women are those who identify as women.

You only live once, so listen to ska and love yourself.

About the writer: Daisy is an irregular photographer, wannabe writer and full time female. In between tea and toast breaks she spends far too much time on the internet blogging, tumbling and tweeting. She is unapologetic in her love of the Spice Girls.

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