The Summer of Diet Culture or How to Look Good in a Bikini?

May. The weather is getting a little warmer everyday. Flowers are blooming in the gardens, and the bees are making their comeback. Along with these lovely things, each and every year come the pressure of preparing your body for summer. Women’s magazine flourish on newsstands’ stalls, their glossy covers providing advice on what to eat, how often to workout, and how to dress to finally lose these last 3 lbs and look good in a bikini. On social media, all influencers are trying to sell you skinny tea or a gym membership, always with the same argument : “Summer’s right on the corner, don’t you want to feel good in your bikini?”

I’m not going to lie to you; I have been a slave to diet culture for more than a decade. I always felt like my body was to be improved, that it was under construction, and with each new spring came the crazy run to lose weight quickly to be in shape for summer. I was never satisfied with my body, because it did not look like the those of models you see in the magazines, but mostly, I was never satisfied with my body because society was telling me that I shouldn’t, couldn’t be satisfied. According to surveys, 90% of women are not satisfied with their body. Feeling like having weight to lose is normal in today’s society. Have you ever try telling someone that you don’t want to lose weight for summer, that you’re fine with your body just the way it is, that you workout to exert yourself, not to lose weight? I have. People are suspicious. They don’t really believe you and think this is all an attitude, because, in the end, having the perfect body is that everyone wants, right?

“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” “Abs are made in the kitchen”. “I’m not dieting, I’m changing my lifestyle.” “This month’s diet is next month’s body”  –

We all know these little sentences, we all have integrated them, yet we don’t realise how offensive and dangerous they are. Aren’t you tired to be dictated how you must feel about your body? Aren’t you tired of feeling like you’re not enough the whole.damn.time? My journey to self-love and body acceptance began 3 years ago, and I have decided that this summer 2017 would be the one when I would proudly display my body on the beach, breaking free of the chains of diet culture. During those 3 years, I haven’t lost weight. Quite the contrary, what I lost was the feeling of guilt when I eat “bad” food; the notion of what “good” and “bad” food are; and the need to conform to a standard that is simply not attainable. I have gained 20 kg, and my whole self-esteem back. I can wait to flash it to everybody who will try to impose their judgemental views. Will you join me?

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