Mind Your Own Body's Business
Taheerah Pash Mohammad | Writer
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me, or can they?
Many people suffer in silence from the adverse effects of body shaming, but songwriter, rapper, and R&B singer Lizzo refuses to let words break her.
Lizzo said body shamers are just "fat phobic.” She goes on to say, “If you don't like my music, cool. If you don't like 'Rumors’,' the song is cool. But a lot of people don't like me because of the way I look."
Lizzo embraces her curves and is not afraid to show the world.
She is also an award-winning recording artist, becoming the sixth female rapper to hit number one on the Billboard charts. She also won three Grammy Awards and one Emmy Award. She's revered for her great hits like “Truth Hurts'' and “Big Grrl Small World”.
Despite all her success, Lizzo has received backlash over her weight and how she presents herself. Recently a comedian made offensive comments about her size and shape. Lizzo addressed her commentators for the negative remarks during the VMA awards. She told the world that she's "unapologetically big and beautiful." Lizzo is an activist for body positivity, and she isn't afraid to fight her bullies back.
According to health care providers, body shaming can lead to severe mental health conditions. Weight shaming, whether it is for being overweight or underweight, can lead to dissatisfaction with one's appearance and cause unhealthy eating habits and eating disorders.
Body shaming can trigger body dysmorphia and an obsessive focus on appearance, leading to more severe health conditions. Treatment for eating disorders depends on the individual and symptoms. These disorders can be treated with psychotherapy, nutrition education, and medication. If you have these symptoms, don't hesitate to get help.