Tis the holiday season and one thing that often coincides with the holiday cheer is the holiday stress of having to navigate interactions with individuals that choose to focus on your weight and appearances as a social buffer.
The prevalence of diet culture marketing and normalization makes it hard to see any possible reasons why we shouldn't be commenting on weight and appearance, but there are plenty. Comments such as "Wow you look so good, did you lose weight?" or "I heard you have been going to yoga. Good for you for getting in shape!" may be said with good intention but it’s time we break this social norm and bring in more supportive ways of connecting and relating to one another.
Next time you consider making weight or appearance comments without having an intimate understanding of that individuals story consider this...
Here are three alternative questions you can ask instead of commenting on someone’s weight.
You have the capacity to support the shift of cultural norms to create a more just, loving, and inclusive atmosphere. Start this holiday seasons by sharing this blog post with someone who may be open to a new perspective.