The Good Place Star and body positive feminist Jameela Jamil is firing back at celebrities promoting sketchy weight loss products. I love it when celebrities are honest about their own struggles and the unrealistic pressure they feel. It reminds us that mental health is nothing to be ashamed of. The picture-perfect lives we see on social media are rarely perfect. On her twitter feed Jameela fired back at celebs promoting weight loss teas, powders, products etc. Calling celebs liars [for implying that the weight loss products were responsible for their appearance] and shouting out for coupon codes for the plastic surgeons, dietitians and personal trainers’ celebs all use. Jameela also went on to share her own history of struggles with her weight and self-worth. She wraps up by challenging celebs to stop product pushing and stating that in the midst of a body positive and mental health movement pushing dubious weight loss products is bad behavior.
Jameela reminded me this week how much weight/body shaming messages can unconsciously impact us. If you’re struggling with your body image and/or relationship with food social media can be an ally or enemy. I encourage you to think about the posts and profiles you’re following. Do you use Instagram for diet and weight loss inspiration? Do you end up feeling worse about your body or life after scanning Facebook? An important part of healing our body image is becoming aware of the things in our environment, that trigger those feelings of being “gross” or not good enough. Take some time to evaluate who you’re following and how you feel after viewing their content. It may be beneficial to consciously follow body positive Instagramers or even reduce the amount of time you spend on social media. Social media can also be a tool for body positive and support. Check out celebs such as Ashley Graham, Jess Baker or Taryn Brufitt if you need a dose of body positivity.
You can check out a link to Jameela’s video and the original article here; https://www.fastcompany.com/90273742/this-good-place-star-is-expertly-trolling-celebrity-instagram-influencers