Society has made people who live in larger bodies feel like shit. But turning off this shameful power is a real revelation

You can count on children willingly saying what adults don’t say; at least not in the face. “Mom, you have a big belly,” my daughter remarks, beating my stomach like a big drum. She’s right, so am I. “You’re right, I am,” I say neutrally and gently. I especially wonder if she’s already thinking about what big bellies mean by the time she’s three years old. Is she just seeing a bigger belly and nothing more, or is she seeing something else? A smaller or “worse” body than those who have a “smaller” belly?

But what surprises me about my own reaction to it is how unperturbed and untriggered I feel. The truth didn’t hurt. It took me a while to get this right, but body neutrality — the ability to not really care what other people think about my body — is one of the best gifts I’ve ever given myself.

https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/society-has-made-people-living-in-bigger-bodies-feel-like-crap-but-shutting-off-this-shaming-power-is-a-genuine-revelation-42042596.html Society has made people who live in larger bodies feel like shit. But turning off this shameful power is a real revelation

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