Let’s talk about the next belief of Diet Culture, “Equates weight loss as moving into a higher authority of success and power.”
Let that sink in. I mean, really, let it sink in. Look down at your body, what do you see? A shell of a human who needs improving in order to be happy, in order to be worthwhile and successful in this world? Or do you see a fulfilled human being with the capacity for success and worthiness no matter the appearance on the outside?
The way in which we think about ourselves has massive power. I have heard many times before that beauty is on the inside. (And before someone rebuttals, that’s what ugly people say, I dare you to reconsider your mentality).
Beauty is an entitled right, a born-right I might add. To see the beauty and to feel the beauty within yourself and the world is your unalienable right. Just like how we can freely talk, freely be, and freely protest the injustice of our society, so too can one accept and honor what beauty means for them.
And with that mentality, the second belief of Diet Culture means absolutely nothing.
In the movie,I feel Pretty, a young woman by the name of Renee battles with her appearance in her everyday life, including her job (Cosmetic Industry/Fashion Magazine). She views herself as ugly, not worthy enough, and believes if she could just lose weight and be pretty her life would be better off. After an accident at Soul Cycle she wakes up in a locker room and is in awe of the way she looks, not being able to see the fat that she clearly hates (but is still intact to her body).
A freak accident and a bump on the head changed Renee’s perspective of how she looked at herself, and how she practiced self-love.
Now the movie may miss a few points on how reality actually operates, but I Feel Pretty does suggest the only thing holding anyone back is the stigma that we let society label us as. If our bodies have fat (and believe me every body is supposed to), that doesn’t mean we are fat. Just because we don’t look like stereotypical females portrayed on the silver screen, in ads, commercials, and in magazines doesn’t mean we are outcasts until our bodies can transform into an impossible stick. Our success is not quantified by the color on our lips, the size 00 on our hips, and even the skin color encapsulating our body and holding our bones in place. What success and worthiness and power have all in common is the perseverance, motivation, and strength it takes to push ourselves (in ANY WAY we look) towards our dreams. No where in our quest to achieving our dreams has room or space for weight loss.
The second we stop playing and paying into the industry that preaches thin makes you a better human being, the second we can start playing by our own rules. Take this day to try and push this mind-set out of your head. You ARE amazing, talented, and beautiful no matter what you look like, no matter what size you are, no matter how old you are. Embrace yourself, because you have the chance to wake up everyday and fall in love with all that you can offer and all that you can be.
Thin doesn’t mean a god damn thing if it takes away the happiness and dreams right from our hearts.