BODY SHAME ALERT!

From teas to butt pads to waist trainers – we’ve seen it all. There’s noise flooding our IG feed with ‘health and beauty trends’ that are NOT COOL.

Flat Tummy Lollipops

This tea-turned-lollipop went viral thanks to sponsors like Kim K and a Times Square Billboard that made us cringe.

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Cravings are totally normal and shouldn’t be suppressed. They are a signal that your body needs sustenance and should be fulfilled in order for your body to work! Eat a nutritious meal or treat yo ‘self with something indulgent. Either way - don’t feel bad about it or judge yourself because of ads like this!

Angel Curves

You’ll likely catch the Kardashians sporting this waist trainer all over social media to influence ladies that their body is supposed to look like a perfect hourglass - #WaistGangSociety.

Ladies – love your body!! Instead of waisting your energy trying to look like this hour-glass bodice, celebrate your body for all it is capable of. Healthy looks different on everyone.

Butt Pads

First we’re told our waist isn’t small enough, next we’re told we should feel bad about wanting food and now our butt isn’t big enough!? *eye roll*

Girl, swing what you got! Show your curves some love. Don’t change. You’re perfect.

Flat Tummy/Detox Teas

I love following fitness influencers to learn about new classes, workouts and clean recipes. But I absolutely hate when they start advertising these ‘detox’ ‘weight loss’ ‘de-bloating’ teas. Unsubscribe. Unfollow. Bye.

Every person’s body has different nutritional needs – depending on your genetics, health, lifestyle and so many other factors. Listen to how your body reacts to the food you eat and make adjustments there to achieve your healthiest self.

Healthy looks different on everyone – and doesn’t involve a temporary tea binge.

Skin Lightening

Skin lightening has become a popular trend among dark skin celebrities in recently years. We are flooded with advertisements of products that claim to make our ‘skin perfect’ by ‘lightening’ and ‘brightening’ our skin.

And it doesn’t stop there. Aesthetic offices offer services like laser treatment, peels, tablets, glutathione and vitamin C IVs to lighten or ‘bleach’ skin.

Color, scars, marks, freckles – all of these ‘imperfections’ – are what make us unique. We should not feel shame for what makes us diverse. Diversity is beautiful. Let’s celebrate it!

Sadie Kurzban