When I was at my lowest weight I was working as a hostess at a restaurant in my college town. First of all being around food constantly was not easy but worse was the comments and looks I would get from both customers and co-workers.
I got everything from, "Are you high right now?" (because I had absolutely no life in my eyes), to "We were talking about you, and we want to know what size pants you wear". That had to be the worst one.
I didn't understand or even know the amount of ridicule that comes with being underweight. It is often associated with overweight individuals but believe me it is just as present when you are on the other side of the spectrum. Unfortunately people will always judge what is in front of them.
We are more than our weight. We are more than a simple number on the tag of our clothing. We are humans. We are people that matter regardless of what our outsides look like. Society values a certain ideal appearance so much and what we need to do is start seeing that there is so much more beauty outside of this ideal.
Once we begin to look outside the box, the number we see on the scale or on the tag of our jeans will no longer hold so much power. We as individual beings will hold the power and see that beautiful doesn't mean fitting into a box or a certain size.
It means being your authentic self. It means wearing the clothing you like and feel comfortable in, regardless of what's on trend. It means accepting that we are a group of diverse beings who all have important things to give to this world. If we can do this, we can let go of the judgement we place on ourselves and others. Just imagine how amazing of a world that would be.
The change has to begin inside ourselves if it is to ever travel outward. Appreciate your body, the way you think, and practice self care as much as possible. When I see someone who is confident in themselves there is this positive energy that flows from them; I strive for this on a daily basis and wish it for everyone reading this.
Remember you are your most beautiful you when you are true to your mind and to your spirit. Try being authentically you today and see where it leads. For all you know it may take you to amazing places.