A few weeks ago I came across a picture on Instagram that instantly made me create some thoughts about what is being presented. The picture, as it is shown beneath, shows two different female body types and makes, what I can call, assumptions as to what these two bodies are fed to have those proportions. While having a healthy diet may cause our bodies to detoxify and eventually helps us loose weight this doesn’t really mean that everyone’s bodies will “shrink” to that proportion.
As soon as I examined to the image, my thoughts started to spark. My first thought and my opinion about it was how inaccurate this image was. The second thought that went through my mind was the impact this image could have on others who may come across it. Giving the benefit of the doubt to the account, maybe the person who posted the picture simply wanted to spark a debate and conversation. I do not know the motive, maybe there is no other motive than creating traffic and getting likes.
The image claims that the reason a person, more specifically a woman, has bigger proportions is because the way she nourishes her body is not healthy and in the other side, the woman who is leaner and thinner is because she feeds her body healthy food such as fruits and vegetables. The inaccuracy this portrays throws all the body positivity, all forms of curves, and self-love mindset to the trash. To me, this points fingers and ultimately says that women who are not lean might be doing it wrong, which leads to bigger complexity which in this case, bigger complexions are: wrong? In my opinion, this couldn’t be more far from reality, which is that our eating habits matter, of course they do, but genetics, metabolism, and exercise also come into play.
While reading various comments on the image that was posted, I noticed a number of people had this same issue with the picture saying how their eating habits were not the greatest, yet they could claim they had the body of the woman in the right and vice versa. Another person brought up that eating solely fruits and vegetables was still not considered a healthy eating habit since you still need other forms of fuel in forms of protein, dairy, grains, etc.
My second issue with the image went more towards what impact this image could have on others that may come across it. With 41.4k likes, 622 comments, since May 6 and counting the image could be seen by virtually anyone (tweens, teens, and adults) from any part of the world. As some could argue that a simple image can’t be harmful, truth is, there are people who look on the internet for affirmation of what is beautiful and what methods to follow in order to attain this. Even though eating clean is very beneficial, relying on just fruits and vegetables as a main source of nutrition to attain a “desired shape” may not be as beneficial for a person’s health. Like I mentioned before, the intention for the picture being posted may not have been to harm but if someone who wants to feel accepted, maybe not by society but by his/her own self, may come across this image could create an idea based on something that is simply not bulletproof realistic.
I would like to hear from you, what are your thoughts on the topic? Do you believe the image can have a negative connotation or do you think the drawing’s intention was far different than what has been discussed? Don’t forget to share your thoughts on the comment section.