039 Compliment Culture and Body Image Issues
Compliments are nice, but our culture of constantly commenting on each other’s appearances can be harmful. Being, or going, vegan seems to invite comments on our appearance, and even when those comments are complimentary, that can be a lot of pressure, especially for those of us that suffer from body image issues.
In This Episode
Inspired by an article in Washington Post about the effects of the compliments that we give little girls, Nichole wanted to discuss what it’s like having body dysmorphic disorder (information and resources below) and trying to navigate a world that focuses on appearances when most days, all she wants to do is forget that she has an appearance.
Together, we could change this. Start in your social group: focus on what you enjoy about the people you love instead of how they look. Comment on a contagious smile, and infectious laugh, an eye for mixing prints. It’s of course ok to let someone know you think they are beautiful, but we can stop making appearance the very first thing we comment on, and we can give people space to lose weight or try a new hair cut without feeling like they’re being watched.
Links and Information
- Brown University Fraternity Goes Vegan For a Week (VegNews)
- Learn Anatomy By Dissecting Knitted Animals (I Fucking Love Science)
Body Dysmorphic Disorder Resources
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder Symptoms (Mayo Clinic)
- What Causes BDD? (Kids Health)
- Getting Help (BDD Foundation)
- Body Dysmorphic Disorder Support Groups (+supportgroups)