Do you remember when it was all the rage to have a thigh gap? It seems like only yesterday that teens around the world were being warned about the dangerous diets they’d committed to in an attempt to have an Instagram ready body.
Then there are the waist trainers which explode on to the scene in 2016 after being endorsed by the Kardashian clan, who, prior to that, were responsible for endlessly promoting diet tea, protein shakes, juice cleanses and teeth whitening kits. IMG 1 TTThe photo-sharing platform has been repeatedly abused by those wishing to profit off of the insecurity of others. So much so that Instagram themselves have had to take action- to little avail. Just when the situation was starting to get out of control( the frightening blue whale self-harming fad was the most recent and scariest viral trend to saturate people’s timelines) a new trend was born, one which is no doubt sending companies who profit from dieting fads into commotion. The furor? Body positivity. IMG 2 TTSpearheaded by British model, Iskra Lawrence and supported by plus-size superstars such as Ashley Graham, the body positivity movement is gaining massive traction- a quick search will show you that ‘# BodyPositivity’ is tagged in more than 1.4 million Instagram photos already. IMG 3 TTThe trend considers women and men embrace their body , no matter what shape or sizing in order to promote a healthy approach to self-care. The movement encourages people to celebrate their curves and lust for love handles, rather than obsess over an unattainable standard of beauty. IMG 4 TTWith her inspiring posts which remind people to love themselves, Iskra Lawrence has attracted a healthy four million adherents who buy into her lifestyle. However, behind her stunning selfies and abundance of self-confidence is a tale that the 27 -year-old doesn’t often share. IMG 5 TTTaking to Instagram the model shared a photograph of her 10 years ago, in comparison to today. In the heartfelt post, she admitted to having battled with eating disorders throughout her youth, but goes on to say how over a decade she had learned to love her body. IMG 6 TT
“Both of these images are of me. The left is about 10 years ago. And the right simply under a month ago. I recollect being proud of how skinny I seemed during this shoot. And how now people call me fat when I’m just happy to be alive and grateful for this body I call my home.”
“I used to seek approving from the fashion industry and tried to be’ perfect’. I supposed if I looked like’ her’( an unrealistic beauty ideal ), I’d be happy, successful and loved. All I observed was failure( because you can’t change who you are) emptiness( because my day and energy was being used up trying to achieve something completely self-absorbed and shallow sacrificing doing things I loved) and unhappiness( because no restrictive diet or abusive workout feelings good ). ”
Iskra continues in her inspiring Instagram post: BTAG 3 TT “I share my experiences with you all because if you are feeling like I did there is another way and those recovering from[ eating disorders] you’re not alone. The best thing I ever did was focus on looking after myself and being the best me I could be. Assuring value in who I was .
BTAG 4 TT I started Investing time into self-care, doing things that built me happy. Listening to my body and intellect and nourishing them both, without guilt.”
IMG 7 TTBTAG 5 TT “My dreaming has always been to get self-care( mental, emotional and physical wellness) education into schools. And I’ve started that, but I also wanted to create something for adults that still needed a safe space that’s judgment-free to go on a positive journey of self-love.”
When we think about the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s, many of us imagine the difficulties faced by family members of people with the disease.
While most of us understand that dealing with Alzheimer’s is much harder for those suffering with it, we don’t hear as much about it from their point of view — but this man decided to change that by bravely expressing himself in a heartbreaking video.
Alan Beamer was diagnosed with the disease a few years ago. Since then, he’s noticed that his friends treat him differently than are applied to, so he decided to share what he believes is the worst proportion about living with the condition. Make sure you have a few tissues ready.
“I’m the same old person.”
I candidly can’t imagine how I’d feel in his shoes, but here’s hoping that he find his friends a lot more from now on. Be sure to SHARE this story so others can see his view, too.
It’s estimated that 5. 4 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from Alzheimer’s. You’re bound to reach someone who’s been touched by the heartbreaking disease.