Being Fat Was a Status Symbol Once until We Started With Body Shaming

Some serious amends our modern culture needs.

Being Fat Was a Status Symbol Once until We Started With Body Shaming

Did you know that there was a time when people who had meat on them (in today's terms "fat") were considered to be rich and was a status symbol? 

The answer is not that complex as the question appears to be, it was so because they could afford food. But, today, people are worried because they're putting on weight, hitting gyms to shed that body fat and are blindly following the trend of zero figures and eight-pack abs. 

Is it important to be in shape which is acceptable to others or accept your physical appearance the way it is and stay healthy (mentally and physically)? 

Health is not superficial, the body is, but the materialistic world we live in - appearance is all that matters, unfortunately. 

Precisely, body shaming. Well, it not only affects your own thinking but also hurts the other person. Here are three ways in which it is done around you and you might be a contributor. Say NO to body shaming and read further to educate yourself so that if unknowingly you are propagating it then, DON'T!

Criticising yourself

Criticising yourself

Becoming thin has become a mark of status in the 21st Century, and it means that you can afford a gym, organic food, but not fat. And, when people start relating such aspects with status, they start running after it but lose a rational mind.

Technology has endlessly aided in promoting it by far since with all the photo sharing applications and social media platforms; people are more worried as to how they look. And, applications where you can gaze at different images of women, evaluate them, comment on them (and) share them with your friends, become the carrier of this grave problem.

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Criticising others

Criticising others
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Next comes the second stage. It's quite evident from how social media works that there comes a point when what the other person or your fans and followers are saying matters more. It is almost a stage where a person loses their comfort to hear some appreciation. Inappropriate, negative statements and attitudes toward another person's weight or size not only should be considered as bullying but humiliating too. It might be just a remark for you to pass, but it can affect the receiver adversely leading to short and long-term psychological and health-related issues.

Criticising others behind their backs

Criticising others behind their backs
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We are immensely influenced by celebrities, and that's what often intrigues us to compare people's physical characteristics and how they look with others. The first thing which comes to an individual's mind is become critical of their bodies and succumb to the pressure of living up to somewhat unrealistic standards for a normal human being. Celebrities also have been a target of body shaming, including models when it is thought that they have the perfect bodies but then netizens criticize through their comments. Similarly, when you meet people and interact with them in a social surrounding, the most disgraceful negative vibes are generated when people start to body shame others present there.

Can you do something about it? Well, if you don't know then let me tell you about it.

BITOTSAV

BITOTSAV
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Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra is a melting pot of cultures from all across the nation, and to celebrate the resplendent customs that are quintessential to our society, Annual Cultural Fest - BITOTSAV is fondly celebrated. Through 28 years of successful editions, the fest has risen to national prominence and has firmly established itself as a brand. 

Bitotsav' 18 has pledged to spread awareness about the rampant body shaming through its online campaign and also bolster the cause of the downtrodden, by supporting them through its social theme 'Dignity of Labour.'

Celebrating modern culture

Celebrating modern culture
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The days during BITOTSAV play host to a variety of events across fields as diverse as dramatics, dance, music, literature, oratory, etc. While you might find professionally dressed MUNners dealing with diplomacy in a seminar room, a street might be strewn with an awestruck crowd around street dancers locking, popping and executing jaw-dropping moves. After hectic days of breakneck competition, the nights of the fest are the perfect balm to the tired soul. Pop-culture icons from the music industry turn the frenzy on and get crowds grooving and losing themselves to rhythms and beats. The final night, which has been performed by the likes of Sunidhi Chauhan, Mohit Chauhan, and Salim Suleman, adds a cherry on top of the cake with its professional dimension.

Uplifting society

Uplifting society
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Amidst all the celebration, however, there remains a sizeable portion of our society that is in need of being uplifted, and people should be acknowledged for the worth of their work, for no job is big or small. BIT shall be conducting a plethora of programmes in favour of the society, shall be raising awareness from the grassroots level, and undertaking motivational activities. They recently felicitated seven of our stalwart workers on the occasion of Republic Day, and intend to continue with this enthusiasm of giving and respecting.

With preparations in full swing, BITOTSAV 2018 is all set to unfold from the February 15-18. This time around, the fest not only promises to live upto set standards but also raise the bars.