It is clear to say people come in all different shapes and sizes. Sadly though, not all body types are as recognised and respected.

Especially more recently as the nationwide lockdown has effected peoples fitness. Everybody has faced months of being secluded in a household with no gyms, health classes or work available so our exercise routines have became limited.

Proudly discovered a BBC Food story that shared a new King’s College London and Ipsos MORI survey which stated that from the 2,254 people they surveyed 48 percent of respondents said they have put on weight during lockdown.

Researchers at National Eating Disorder Association have also shown that body image within the LGBTQ+ community is the most harmful category for teenagers who identified as gay, lesbian or bisexual who may be at higher risk of binge-eating and purging than heterosexual peers.

This is why we need to share this story with our readers. We want to let you know that it is okay to be different, it is okay to have your cheat days and it is okay to be comfortable in your own skin.


Sticks and stones

We have discussed body-image within social media previously on Proudly when we interviewed social media influencer and plus-sized model Faith Hodgson.

Faith-Alice Instagram page

Although body-image isn’t just something people have to deal with online. Sadly body shaming is a regular occurrence that people cannot escape from.

Body discrimination is all too regular on our tv screens, our social media pages and even in the workplace. This was shown when magazine editor Samatha Yardley appeared on This Morning who claimed that life should be made as difficult as possible for people who are obese in order to force the “lazy” members of society and those who lack “self-worth” to change their unhealthy lifestyle.

We highly reccmoend readers to watch the interview where Samatha debates with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford why Samantha ‘won’t work with fat people.’ This discriminatory behaviour is shocking in a modern day society and this is why we need to change these offensive stereotypes and ideologies of people with different body-sizes.

Samantha Yardley on This Morning

This is why Proudly previously wrote an article all about the importance of loving the body you are in. We were lucky enough to have interviewed Instagram influencer and plus-size model Faith Hodgson about the importance of self-love and unapologetically living. Here is what Faith had to say on response to Samantha’s comments:

‘Publicising these opinions on national tv is so damaging to those with self esteem issues and internalised fatphobia. How can you expect people to respect fat people when someone such as Samantha is allowed to voice such an offensive opinion. Everyone is allowed an opinion but those that hurt 70 percent of the population should not be allowed air time. It makes my platform harder to help people to love themselves no matter their size when they can turn on the tv to hear someone saying fat people deserve a difficult life and also highlighting that employers can legally refuse work to someone for being fat ( I’m working on a petition to change this ) as fat people aren’t a protected characteristic in the Equality act 2010. I had so many messages regarding how difficult it was to watch the interview as it was damaging to all the self love discovery they had made.’

Faith Hodgson’s response to Samantha’s fat shaming comments made on This Morning

Learning to Self-love

People like Faith should be able to embrace who they are and should not have to fear being discriminated against. We are all born differently and we should celebrate our own individuality from all body types.

This was evident during last weeks episode of Canada’s Drag Race where viewers witnessed a ‘Pit Crew‘ member of a different body-type to the other models you associate with the reality talent show. This was an encouraging sign that sent a powerful message to viewers that all body types can be beautiful.

Model Mina Gerges was the ‘Pit Crew’ member who received a ton of positive feedback from viewers of Ru Pauls Drag Race Canada and so did the show in general for consistently showing a diverse line-up. One of the people who shared their love for Mina’s appearance on the show was the host and iconic drag queen Brooke lynn Hytes.

We are thankful that such an important show for the LGBTQ+ community is embracing all body-types as it sends a strong message of reality. Not everybody will meet the stereotpyical assumption of beauty and that is okay.

Sadly there are still people who believe in these negative body categories. Recently there was a post from the New York Post’s official Twitter page who put a side by side image of Zac Efron from a few years ago to his look recently declaring he now has a ‘dad bod.The Indepedent newspaper even did a story about how harmful remarks like these can be to the male body expectations.

Source: @Oliverpowell Twitter page

These harmful remarks are also commenly found amongst homosexual males who feel pressured to match an ideology of looking ripped, well groomed and athletic which can effect your mental health and make you. develop an eating disorder. Research by The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) reveals that gay and bisexual boys report being significantly more likely to have fasted, vomited, or taken laxatives or diet pills to control their weight in the last 30 days.

Please just remember that you are beautiful the way you are. Of course it is important to stay healthy and active to avoid risks of futute health problems and it isn’t a problem to take pride in your apperarance. But please think twice before making that snappy comment, judgmental remark or fat shaming somebody because all it is going to do is spark a negative reaction that could have consenquences.

That is why self-love is an important thing that Proudly thoroughly endorses to all our readers. You are not going to be everybody’s ideal type no matter how you look and we believe your personality should always shine through.


Proudly words of wisdom

We hope everybody reading this article has a clearer understanding to how body shaming can be really damaging towards somebody. As a minority community we must stand together and embrace that we are all different.

Proudly accepts everybody on our site no matter their background, race or appearance. We are all beautiful and we have an important story to share.

Body image is such an important topic that we must never shy away from as a community. We have fought so long to not be victimised or attacked for embracing who we are and we need to stay true to that within everything we represent.

This is why we needed to write this article and have an open conversation with our readers about the impact of body-image within sexuality.


Feature image by yunmai on Unsplash