Being thin does not mean being happy: an American woman changes the idea of "before and after" photosBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/being-thin-does-not-mean-being-happy-an-american-woman-changes-the-idea-of-before-and-after-photos
Imagine a typical "before and after" photo: usually on the left is a photo of a girl in a bikini or a man in swimming trunks, and on the right is the same person, only thinner. People are proud of their transformations. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with this: working and achieving your goals is really something to be proud of. But American Allison Kimmy (Allison Kimmey) believes that a positive transformation does not always consist in weight loss. Being thin does not mean being happy.
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Allison Kimmy is a popular blogger. Her Instagram account is dedicated to body positivity. Allison promotes giving up the pursuit of beauty standards and living in harmony with her body. She often posts "before and after" photos, but they differ from the ones we are used to, because Kimmy's "after" photos are several sizes larger.
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"What you see here is much more than just external changes. Weight gain and weight loss should not be equated with happiness. When I began to follow the dictates of my heart, kilograms ceased to matter," Kimmy said.
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At the age of 14, Allison suffered from body dysmorphia - excessive self-criticism due to appearance. "I started my journey with food restriction, body dysmorphia and a variety of diets when I was 14. By the end of college, I had lost a lot of weight. But my figure has never been perfect. There was always something wrong with me, no matter how much I worked on my appearance."
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"And then something happened. I realized that I didn't know who I really was. I didn't have my own identity because I was always worried about how I looked. There were many moments in my life when I could have chosen the path that God had prepared for me, but instead I spent time telling myself and others that we would feel much better if we lost a couple of kilograms. But that's not true."
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"The truth is that we will feel much better if we live in harmony with ourselves and stop thinking about how we should look. So I began to look like in the photo on the right: several sizes bigger and a million times happier."
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Some time ago, Allison Kimmy became famous on social networks by posting a conversation with her daughter, who called her fat. Kimmy explained to her daughter that every person has fat, it protects muscles and bones, and the body gets energy from it. It's just that different people have different amounts of body fat.
"Every time such topics are raised, I have to make a choice on how best to explain to children what's what. "Fat" is not an offensive word in our house. If I scold my children for saying it, then I will let them know that it is an offensive word, and they will grow up believing that being fat is unworthy and disgusting," Kimmy said.
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Allison herself is confident in the correctness of her actions. She posts photos in a swimsuit, completely unashamed of her figure, and feels absolutely happy in her weight.