How to deal with body shaming

“When they go low, we go high.” – Michelle Obama

How to deal with body shaming

Words are powerful. They stay with us much longer than we imagine. So when someone passes a mean comment about our bodies, it sinks deep into our bones. We feel bad and wonder what we did wrong.

This is known as body shaming.

It happens to girls like us every day. In times like this, it helps to remember it’s not your fault.

We can’t control what people say to us. What we can control is our response. Here are some tips to help us to stay strong:

Speak Up and Defend Yourself
The next time you’re body shamed, surprise the offender with a smile. Tell them, calmly, that you love yourself just the way you are. Explain why their words are harmful. Remind them to be kind to other people. Don’t stoop to their level. Do not insult them, no matter what.

Don’t Break Down
Try not to shout or cry. This is exactly what they want you to do. Don’t let them know that they’ve hurt you. Instead, try counting from one to ten in your head. It’ll help smooth down your emotions. Afterwards, if you choose to speak, do so in your normal voice.

Walk Away
Sometimes silence is the best answer. For example, you may be confronted by a group of body shamers. In this case a response might not be worth it. It’s okay to walk away. It doesn’t mean you’re weak. It means you’re the bigger person.

Make a Report
Don’t be scared to speak up. Nobody has the right to make you feel small. Learn to report anyone who bullies/body shames you or anyone around you to a trusted adult.

When someone body shames you, it says a lot about that person. Not about you. You are beautiful and special. Be yourself and be happy

Oh, and say something nice to someone today. You’ll be amazed at how much good you’ll do.

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