Body Shaming: A Pervasive Ominous Feature!

Wares Ali Khan

20 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Body shaming has been a grave mental and social malady for quite a long time. The widespread presence of body shaming ranges from office to home, showbiz to the classroom, and celebrities to ordinary people- is a repulsive but familiar phenomenon now. In a true sense, it leaves no one behind. Body shaming is a perversion of the habit of making irrational fun of others by pointing out their physical size, colour, ornaments, and so-called physical defects.

Everyone in the earth is fine-looking in his/her way but very often we do not have the honest tendency to conceive the thought. That is why we openly mock, criticise, and ridicule someone’s physical size, weight, or shape. Body shaming is a dirty and barbaric act for sure. According to studies, an average of 45% of adolescents, in gross, experience body shaming to some degree in their lives. Several studies have disclosed that body shaming is more prevalent in boy children. Those who experience body shaming tend to have deteriorating mental health and approach self-destructive decisions.

Recently, a Ten Grader teenager from Ideal School and College named Azwad Ahnaf Karim of Banasree branch died after being experienced body shaming. He weighed disproportionately more than his age. Reportedly, some of his classmates, even school teachers, used to make fun of him. Embarrassed Azwad came home and told about this trouble to his family. At one stage, he felt himself dejected to go to school. Later, Azwad increased his exercise at home since his school was closed because of the C-19 pandemic. But complications occurred when he lost his weight faster from 93 kg following a wrong diet and faulty exercise. Ultimately, even after all the efforts of physicians and psychiatrists, Azwad died at a hospital in Dhaka.

When someone falls victim to a slanted comment on a physical issue, he/she steps forward towards the ditch. Under the circumstance, in some instances, life may remain on one side of the ditch and suicide on the other. We may wonder what will happen to one because of our jokes! But just for a trivial remark of ours one may be standing on the edge of the ditch. Listening to the taunts he/she may jump to the side of the ditch. Even, we don’t realise that we, at times, are exclusively responsible for his/her dire grievance.

We should not say anything in the guise of laughing and joking about someone. Listening to all the nonsense comments, now and then, the victim suffers from an inferiority complex. Subsequently, body shaming can profoundly generate personality disorders, anger, mental stress, acute agony, eating disorders, anxiety and frustration, mood-alteration, body dysmorphic disorder, and of course suicidal tendency for the victims regardless of age and gender.

In other words, body shaming originates a kind of depression, which can gradually lead to critical and chronic mental illness. It is our failure to accept anyone in such a way that he/she desires to be treated. We need to successfully erase the traditional concept of beauty once it has been deep-rooted in our brain subconsciously.

Many people around us intentionally mock others. People who make these indecent pranks are seen to suffer from inferiority complex or have a longish personality disorder. The one who is ill-fated or frustrated somewhere in his personal or professional domain, is the one who does more body shaming. Those who once faced body shaming may later tend to do the same. People who suffer from severe inferiority complex might find peace by hurting other’s minds. Veritably, bad people are those who love to hurt people’s minds for no reason. A plain joke from one may be a source of frustration for others. On the contrary, self-body shaming can also happen on the ground of comparison with other’s physiological features.

Awareness needs to be raised so that body shaming cannot exist in any setting. Any behaviour that can lead to body shaming in the family must always be discouraged. If there is body shaming towards someone, we should show empathy, extend mental supports and stay by them all the way. If a child has a special shape or characteristics in the family, we must not make fun of him/her. If any one of us has any sort of crushing related to body shaming, we should head to a psychiatrist for requisite supports.

In conclusion, if the job of making a person feel good seems very laborious and difficult for us, then at least we won’t make others feel bad. A beautiful mind can beautifully change a society. After all, life is beautiful and we all have to love our life most. Simultaneously, we will no more cause harm to others by making obscene remarks further- this should be our sincere commitment, from now on. 


The writer is a teacher