When you look at these two photos there is nothing different between them. The before is the same as the after. ๐ŸŒŸ
The other day I saw a story by @fyeahmfabello that spoke about a post where a thinner woman posted photos comparing her body between being flexed and relaxed and how it can be harmful to those of the bopo movement. Her story had some great points and got me thinking about all compare and contrast posts and how they could be harmful when trying to get away from Diet culture.
๐ŸŒŸFirst of all, compare and contrast or before and after photos are usually seen in Diet culture where someone who was heavier then lost weight and now is thinner. We also see it on the other spectrum with people who have had eating disorders and have restored their weight or gained weight. While both can be inspirational they also are harmful.
๐ŸŒŸIโ€™m not saying that Iโ€™m not guilty of these types of posts. I am. I once thought that there was no harm in comparing my healed body to my sickly body. But there is harm.
๐ŸŒŸYou shouldnโ€™t have to see how sick my body looked to know how far I have come. Take my word for it. Look at my body now.
So why do we feel compelled to compare? Is it because we are used to seeing it everywhere we look! Compare and contrasting our bodies is so ingrained into our culture that we do it without even thinking. We compare our bodies in the mirror today to how it looked yesterday. We compare ourselves to those around us. There is this constant feel that we can never be satisfied.
โค๏ธI challenge you to stop comparing your body and show the beautiful one you have today, because that is an accomplishment of its self. You deserve to show your beauty that you have today right now and not five years ago. #dietculture #dietculturesucks #compareandcontrast #loveyourself #bopo #bodypositive #eatingdisorderrecovery #mentalhealth #mentalillness #edrecovery #edawareness #ameliablackwater #beforeafter

Published by Amelia Blackwater

I am feminist writer and poet trying to raise awareness on topics such as mental health and physical disabilities. I often write about things such as invisible illnesses and mental health/illness related topics.

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