"I Was Body Shamed & Was Asked To Get A B**b Job", Says Richa!

Thu Jun 10 2021 16:59:15 GMT+0530 (IST)

The concept of body shaming has been injected into our society for a really long time. Unknowingly, we all are either getting body shamed or shaming someone else. People are mocked for not being 'so-called' perfect. A lot of the public are either criticized for being thin or being fat or being short or having black skin. Imagine this kind of pressure on people who are always in the limelight.

During a TEDx Talk, actress Richa Chadda explained how she faced body shaming and got trolled badly for her looks. She received demands from the filmmakers to change her appearance. Richa said, "I was told I should gain weight, then lose weight, fix my nose and inflate my lips, get a b**b job, lose the puppy fat, grow my hair out, or cut it, get highlights, or fake eyelash extensions, squat for a bigger b**ty, get fake gel nails, run in heels, wear Spanx, pout while talking, focus on dilating the pupils, and listen attentively. I crumbled under the pressure like a wrecking ball had hit me."

She went to say that we are aping the Western concept of looks and putting so much pressure on ourselves about how we look and what we eat. "That is not very healthy. I see 12-year-olds counting calories and talking about how somebody's thin or someone's lips are nice. It all comes from a body dysmorphic disorder when you start to see yourself in a particular way and, God knows, women go through it a lot. You stop eating roti, sabzi, dal. You start eating protein, good carbs, complex carbs, good fat, good cholesterol and everything becomes so mathematical. It began with me telling myself I've overeaten, maybe I won't sleep well or I'll have to work out right after and I'll feel really heavy and bloated so let me just do it this one time. Then I noticed that it's happening once a week, then twice and then thrice a week. Then it became a daily post-lunch ritual. I almost felt guilty for having to eat at all. I realized I was going a little bit crazy when one time I thought I'm so busy anyway, it would be easier to pop a pill or take a drip once in a while instead of having to sit down and eat." she stated.