By Gideon Chukwuemeka Ogbonna
When we debate body shaming, one word that frequently comes to mind is ‘Fat.’ We ask if ‘fat’ is an appropriate word. In Nigeria, saying that girl get body is better than saying that girl is fat. Fat is Voldemort. It should not be named. And so we dwell more on building esteem (which is a good thing) but forgetting that by the nature of the body (genetics), some people are more prone to some health challenges. So the goal here is to make the individual accept her body and live healthily with it. Thus, a girl should know:
That a body is art; fat or thin. And art comes with a starter pack — Beauty.
And if a fat body is art, it should be protected and cared for like Mona Lisa in the Louvre. We do not want a girl’s body to be stolen by diabetes, dyslipidemia, hypertension, or steatohepatitis. She is prone to these things by virtue of her body.
The body may be reluctant to exercise, but she should try it out all the same. A walk in the park, a swim, a bicycle ride…a girl can do these things.
A girl should learn how not to longthroat for many things – pizza, ice-cream, cakes. Because this is how fat finds home in a girl’s body. Now, I am not saying a girl cannot be a baby girl sometimes, but she is also a queen. Let her checkmate the diseases that desperately want to lure her to the other side of life.
A girl should know these things. A boy should know them too, and more like:
His pot belly is not caused by too much beer. That’s a myth. But somehow, because of his high sugar diet, his tummy has now become a warehouse of fat.
But a boy should not go on a drinking spree. Too much drinking will damage the heart. But a glass or two is okay for the heart, it reduces the risk of some heart diseases.
So a boy should learn to eat healthy, and exercise too. And let’s see if a boy can be on the road to a 6-pack abs.