Updated: Oct 2
We are dedicating this blog to one of our dear friends and partners, whom we recently lost because of his strong desire to lose weight. Like most people, he gained information on the drug Ozempic and the magnificent weight loss results. This led him to want to try this instant gratification to lose weight by using a source to obtain the medication other than the doctor. Because many people who struggle in this area take medications and have surgeries that they think will be a quick fix, the consequences are becoming more extensive. So, please think twice before you allow others to see you through their eyes, but look in the mirror and see the wonderful person you are. The outcome of 2023 is countless deaths and disfigurations of those who continue to allow the world to dictate how they should look.
Our “selfie” culture emphasizes outward beauty, and we’re constantly bombarded with images of glamour celebrities in magazines, advertisements, TV shows, and other media types. What you see daily on TikTok, Facebook, and Instagram can make you envious of others or focus your thinking on your physical appearance and any perceived flaws. You may struggle to live up to these standards and experience negative feelings and judgments about yourself. This can become destructive when it diminishes your self-worth and body image. A fixation with your appearance can create unrealistic, impossible exceptions.
A negative self-image can lead to the following.
Body Shaming - is the act of saying something negative about a person's body. It can be about your own body or someone else's. The commentary can be about a person's size, age, hair, clothes, food, or level of perceived attractiveness. Body shaming can lead to mental health issues, including eating disorders, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and body dysmorphia, as well as the general feeling of hating one's body.
Body Shaming, in particular, can lead to various mental health and behavioral issues. Some people resort to substance use to cope with different forms of shaming. https://lagunashoresrecovery.com/how-is-body-shaming-related-to-substance-use/
Many have resorted to altering their body (cosmetic surgery) to fit into today's society. However, this can be an expensive procedure that many have found ways to cut costs, causing dire consequences, including death, which we continuously read about daily. Cosmetic surgery can deliver many meaningful benefits for patients regarding their body image and general well-being; however, it can also pose considerable risks. Unfortunately, these risks are not always explained properly by those administering the treatment, which can lead to considerable stress for those affected. Even when performed by a highly competent and expertly trained medical professional, invasive surgery carries inherent risks that can only be minimized rather than completely avoided. When dealing with certain high-risk procedures, the chances of something serious going wrong during surgery are considerably greater, to the point where some patients may wish to think twice before committing. Here, we examine the five riskiest cosmetic procedures - Brazilian bum lifts, Tummy tucks, Liposuction, and Facial Reconstruction. https://www.cosmeticsurgerysolicitors.co.uk/all-resources/which-cosmetic-procedures-carry-highest-risk.
We live in a world that can be very superficial. We allow the world to dictate how we look, feel, and dress. Social media and other environmental influences seem to have taken control, leading many people into the world of depression, addiction, surgeries, and other unhealthy outlets to compete with what the world has coined as how
“WE SHOULD LOOK.”
Ozempic, the diabetic medication many use for weight loss, is causing appalling side effects because of inappropriate use. The medication is called semaglutide, sold under different brand names, including Ozempic, approved in 2017 for treating type 2 diabetes, and Wegovy, approved just last year for weight loss.
Semaglutide helps lower blood sugar by mimicking a hormone naturally secreted when food is consumed, says Ariana Chao, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing and medical director at the school’s Center for Weight and Eating Disorders. This medication, administered through injection, helps people feel full for longer, helps regulate appetite, and reduces hunger and cravings.
Using a drug off-label means using it in a way other than its intended and its FDA-approved purpose, which may not be safe or effective. Ozempic has been approved only for type 2 diabetics. Wegovy has been approved only for patients with a BMI above 30 or 27 if they have weight-related comorbidity like high blood pressure.
If you struggle with image or body shaming, you must take control of the situation. You are the first to know. You are Beautiful Just the Way you Are!!! You must understand that sometimes assistance is needed to return to seeing yourself as beautiful, wonderful, and great just the way you are. We want you to have a fulfilled life and enjoy life as being “YOU.”
STEPS YOU CAN TAKE
Ditch Social Media
Start Encouraging Acceptance of Shape Diversity
Focus on Health, not on Size and Weight
Appreciate the Human Body for All it Can Do
Seeking Professional Assistance
Become a Voice of Kindness