Although it’s raining and pretty miserable outside right now, we’re due for the hottest day of the year this weekend. Now, that wouldn’t be hard seen as it feels like winter for the whole of 2021 so far. But, it does give us high hopes for warmer weather on its way.
Along with the warmer weather, we’ll be saying goodbye to chunky knits and cosy leggings and welcoming skirts, shorts and t-shirts. But not everyone is comfortable showing off their skin, for whatever reason. And there’s always going to people who feel as if they have the right to comment on other people’s bodies, how they look and what they think is ‘wrong’ with them. On that note, with the warmer weather (hopefully) on the way, here are the top things to remember never to comment on – whether that be to someone’s face or about them in general.
Weight Gain and Weight Loss
Normally, it’s never a good idea to comment on someone’s weight, whether it’s if they’ve gained weight or lost it. But particularly after the year we’ve had, some people may be less confident in their body if it has changed a lot over the pandemic.
You don’t know the reasons behind someone’s weight loss or weight gain, if they’ve been going through a difficult time or have issues with their diet. So it’s never good to point out their body weight or body type in public.
Recently, Demi Lovato even shared why you shouldn’t comment on someone’s weight loss, even if it’s intended to be a compliment. “If you don’t know someone’s history with food, please don’t comment on their body. Because even if your intention is pure, it might leave that person awake at 2 am overthinking that statement…Does it feel great? Yeah, sometimes. But only to the loud ass eating disorder voice inside my head that says ‘See, people like a thinner you’ or ‘if you eat less you’ll lose even more weight.’”
Just like Demi said, particularly when you don’t know someone’s history with food, don’t comment on their weight gain or their weight loss.
Acne and Body Acne
Having had acne myself, I know it feels awful when someone points it out to you. It can affect your confidence, your mood, and pretty much everything. While having problems with your skin is usually portrayed as a negative, ‘awful’ thing, it’s quite common at the end of the day. But that doesn’t stop you thinking that people are noticing it, so it’s never a good idea to point out or comment on someone’s acne, whether it be on their face, back, anywhere.
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Cellulite, Scars and Stretch Marks
First thing’s first, stretch marks and cellulite are one of the most normal things about the human body. If not the most normal thing. I used to feel awkward about the stretch marks on my legs, always making sure they were covered up. But since then, although you don’t usually see stretch marks, scars or cellulite portrayed in the media, I’ve realised how NORMAL it is. Saying that, it doesn’t mean that someone may be insecure about it, so don’t be the one to point it out or bring it up.
Everything above, and more, is extremely normal and there’s nothing wrong with it – ever. But, in general, remember that it’s best to not comment on someone’s body. Even if you think you’re giving them a compliment, trying to have a laugh or it’s just a passing comment that you wouldn’t think twice about. You don’t know what they’re going through, what their insecurities may be or what’s going on behind the scenes.