According to studies, there are more eating disorders around the world now than ever before. And it’s easy to see why. Right now, with a society obsessed with social media, every aspect of life gets posted online.
As a result of that, people are seeing more and more images of people who look perfect—even though they might not actually be perfect. This leads to people being self-conscious of the way that they look.
One blogger recently showed that all of these picture-perfect images on social media aren’t as true as we seem to think. 23-year-old Milly Smith got sick of everyone posting their perfect images that she decided to do something entirely different.
Milly shared two images. In the first, she looks like an Instagram model—fit, skinny, and flawless. In the second, though, her stomach is sticking out and she doesn’t look perfect.
In fact, it looks like a before-and-after weight-loss transformation image. It’s not, though. The pictures were actually taken only seconds apart.
Milly shared, “Same girl, same day, same time. Not a before and after. Not a weight loss transformation. Not a diet company promotion...Neither is more or less worth. Neither makes me more or less of a human being...We are so blinded to what a real unposed body looks like and blinded to what beauty is that people would find me less attractive within a 5-second pose switch! How insanely ridiculous is that!?”
Milly goes on to encourage others in loving their own bodies: “Don’t compare, just live for you. There is no one on this planet who’s like you...We are worth, valid and powerful beyond measure.”
After Milly posted her image, other Instagrammers followed suit. Many women began to show how different their bodies can look just from posing differently.
Another woman shared, “[Body positivity] is about encouraging and adopting a more forgiving, accepting approach to yourself and your body...Your journey is as unique as your body. Let it be that way. Don’t compare someone else’s journey or photos to yours—let yourself find what’s best for you.”
This just goes to show that you don’t even need Photoshop to alter a photo to make yourself look thinner. Even people who don’t understand technology or aren’t willing to put that sort of time into it are able to make themselves appear different than they truly are.
Instead of comparing ourselves to people who might not truly look the way they do online, we should learn to love our own bodies. This is where we can really make a difference in how we feel about ourselves—not by dieting or eating less.
In other news, this professor had a rule about phones in his classroom. One day, though, a student decided to make that rule backfire—the result is hilarious. Watch the video here.