An Instagram blogger has taken to the photo sharing app to post two pictures side-by-side, one of her body in 2014 and the second in 2020.
Women in particular are under immense pressure to conform to unrealistic beauty standards in this modern society we occupy. Perhaps now more than at any other point in history, we're all bombarded with images of retouched perfection, both on the pages of glossy magazines, and through the filtered corridors of Instagram.Instagram model shows off her unibrow:
But the body positivity movement is looking to redress the balance, encouraging everyone to embrace the skin they're in.
And now, an Australian influencer named Kate has detailed her journey from being incredibly toned, to embracing a different body in 2020 and finding happiness along the way.
Taking to Instagram, she wrote;
I find it so hard to look at old photos and remember being that girl ?
Not because I wish I still looked like that or because I compare my body. But because it reminds me of how obsessed I was.
It reminds me of when I would exclude myself from social events so I didn’t have to eat out. It reminds me of losing time with my friends, family and husband because I chose the gym above everything. It reminds me of daily weigh ins, secret binges and constantly wanting to be less.
And you know what, it reminds me of sadness, being self conscious and never feeling like I was good enough.
I can tell you that weighing less does not mean your life will suddenly be better. Long term happiness, fulfillment and purpose doesn’t come from short term weight loss.
I know that I would much rather be curvier/bigger/thicker, be free from diet culture and have freedom around food, than be “lean” and consumed by weighing less, seeing those numbers go down every day and counting the calories in my lettuce leaves. .
And fans were inspired by her message. One commenter wrote, "You are beyond amazing ?? Thank you for being so raw and sharing. You are such an inspiring woman?" while another added, "Love this so much! Thank you for spreading such a positive message x"
It's great that people like Kate are showing us all that, really, being happy and healthy is the thing that matters most.