Body-shaming – the act of criticising or drawing attention to someone’s weight, body type or eating habits – is pretty much a universal problem.
In South Asian communities, however, it’s part of our everyday vocabulary. Instead of suggesting healthy eating habits and exercise the words ‘fat’ are usually accompanied by ‘short-cut’ weight loss techniques, like missing meals and taking supplements.
But while the bodies of most women are up for public scrutiny and unwanted commentary, it’s the women who are “ready” to, are about to, or have just gotten married who experience the nastiest version of this bullying.
Body-shaming brides comes in all sorts of comments and whispers. One of the worst, being sales people unwilling to help brides find the ideal dress for them.
An Indian Bride and Doctor, Tanaya Narendra/Dr Cuterus talked about the pressure she had to lose weight before her wedding.
During dress shopping, she recalled how the sales people at one of India’s biggest designer’s stores “looked at me up and down and asked, ‘oh *you* are getting married?’ as if I’m inherently unmarriageable.”