Jameela Jamil is a British actress, model, presenter and all around female advocate / body positivity activist! Among many other achievements she was the first solo female presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Chart Show and stared in the American Television series 'The Good Place'. But she is so much more than these 'achievements'... Jameela is using the platform she has to fight back against filters/photoshop images and anything that makes us feel less than we are!
A year ago, Jameela was randomly scrolling through Instagram and came across an image of the Kardashians with their weight posted on each of their bodies. The post was asking their followers what they thought of the Kardashians weight and, in turn, how much they weighed!!!! Jameela was so shocked by this 'crazed toxic nonsense', that she decided to post a photo of herself with with everything she likes about herself and her life...
And so began the flood of responses from every day people posting their own 'I Weigh' images as a declaration of war against the media / society pressures that belittle anyone who doesn't fit in what we're told is socially acceptable!
I'm not sure when it happened but we seem to be a generation fixated with numbers... whether it's the number of likes, followers, the amount we earn, the number of children we have (or don't have!), our dress size, the number on our scales. Our worth is not made up of any of these numbers so why do we give them such power?
I had gestational diabetes with both of my pregnancies (meaning you can have diabetes only during your pregnancy, then it goes away... strange huh!). This meant that I had to watch my blood glucose levels (like any diabetic) during those 9 months. I managed to control my blood sugar through diet but the process of controlling my blood sugar for both those pregnancies took an unexpected turn for me. After my second son, I think I became so used to congratulating or berating myself by the number on my blood sugar device... when it was taken away, I took to the scales. Not in a 'I think I'm fat' kind of way - I knew I wasn't overweight! It was more of a control exercise and I began to allow the number on the scales to dictate my day.
Going on the scales religiously every day, before drinks, after the loo, selecting my food based on what the number read in the morning became every day. It was only through feeding my mind with care and positivity that I realised I wasn't respecting myself by giving that flaming number so much importance.
If you're reading this and it's hitting home... I implore you to be kind to yourself. You are so much more than a number!!! Give the i_weigh exercise a go and take a look at it every day as a reminder of what makes you positively YOU.
The i_weigh community on Instagram is now over 700k followers strong and growing. Jameela is really excited about expanding the community and bringing others in to help lead the way forward. She has begun a movement that has the power to turn the tide of body shaming and is teaching us all to love ourselves and be less judgemental of others... for this, we celebrate you Jameela!!!
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