Juggun Kazim opens up about being fat-shamed while pregnant

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Both the Quran and the Holy Prophet have told Muslims that the best among them is that person who shows the best behaviour towards other people.

“We need to stop fat-shaming other people. People who are overweight know they are overweight. Their weight gain may be for any number of reasons, some desirable and some not. Yes, some people need to be encouraged to lead a more active lifestyle. But unless you are somebody’s mother or sister, don’t tell them what you think of their body.”

 

Dear Readers,

 

In honour of WSAW2019 we share with you a newspaper article on fat shaming. We thank Juggun Kazim for sharing this awareness on her Social Media Platform. Please do take a stand for Weight Stigma Awareness Week, dedicated to eliminating the stigma overweight people face in our society. This week is also an opportunity for all of us to reflect on how we treat people, who are large in size. We often forget how our words can really harm people and cut deep at people’s heart. Ridiculing someone as fat or obese is not funny and is not acceptable in Islam. We share this article for information purpose only.

 

Juggun Kazim opens up about being fat-shamed while pregnant

 

In a heartbreaking post on Instagram, the actor and host wrote about her recent miscarriage and fat shaming.

 

Can we please stop commenting on women’s appearances all the time?

In a heartbreaking Instagram post, actor and host, Juggun Kazim opened up about her recent miscarriage and how she hadn’t revealed her pregnancy due to her precarious pregnancies, which led to people assuming she had just gained weight and proceeded to fat-shame her.

“Until a few days ago, I was pregnant. For some reason, I gained a lot of weight really really quickly. What shocked me was how much I started getting fat-shamed. One lady said, ‘Lagta hai Lahore ki hawa lag gaye tumhain.’ Other women just told me bluntly that I had become a bit too “healthy”,” she wrote.

 

 

 

“Till now, I wasn’t ready to share that I was expecting a baby because my pregnancies have generally been precarious. Last week, I had a miscarriage. My doctor has now told me that that this time it was quite serious and that there had been a lot of internal bleeding. I took a day off to mourn but then went back to work because, well, what else can one do? And the day after I resumed work, someone again commented on how I was looking “extra healthy”.

“We need to stop fat-shaming other people. People who are overweight know they are overweight. Their weight gain may be for any number of reasons, some desirable and some not. Yes, some people need to be encouraged to lead a more active lifestyle. But unless you are somebody’s mother or sister, don’t tell them what you think of their body.”

She concluded her note with: “Life is short. Let’s try and live ours with kindness.”

Words to live by.

While the west is slowly growing sensitised to issues like fat shaming, it’s obvious that Pakistan has a lot of progress left to make. A woman’s body goes through some drastic changes when she’s pregnant. Gaining weight is normal and expected when you’re growing a new life inside of you so why are they body shamed for it?

And even if they’re not pregnant, we need to learn to keep our opinions to ourselves. It’s not okay to comment on someone’s weight in a snarky or condescending way ever, period.

 

Article Source: Dawn

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