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I am curvy and I know it: The diary of a fat girl

Written by: Angana Sen Gupta

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“Bhaiya next parathe main thora ghee zyada dalna. Aaj kal aap bade kanjusi kar rahe ho.”

Yes, that’s me fighting for that extra spoon of ghee like every other day and also witnessing those curious stares all filled with one simple question: Are you kidding me woman?

The reason being very simple. I am a 24-year-old, over weight girl, who is least concerned about her scales, rather is more concerned about her taste buds and do not like to deprive them from the simple joy of life which is food.

Since childhood, I have been this fat little chubby girl who would roam around talking to every other person she met.  As time passed, thanks to my father’s genes, not only was I broad and fat, to add on to it I became really tall. Hence, now is a ‘gigantic’ figure.

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I have never been very concerned about my figure but thanks to our society, more than me they show all kinds of concern. My parents were always asked: “Is she suffering from thyroid?” “Have you tried consulting a dietician for her?” “Does she only eat and do no physical exercise?” “Why don’t you try making her a bit concerned about her figure?” “She is a girl, who will marry her if she remains fat like this?” etc. and the list never ended. Obviously, my parents did get affected and they tried everything possible to make me thin. But unfortunately, all their efforts went into the drains.

Not only this. Every fat person has experienced certain things in life, from shopping to travelling. For example, when you go out shopping, your size availability becomes a headache because you don’t have the perfect hourglass figure according to the societal norms. Travelling in a public transport? From the time you take the bus till the time you get down, those eyes constantly look at you and think is she sitting on two seats and paying for one. In fact, if your luck is really bad then an auto driver may even reject you or ask you to sit exactly in the middle so that the auto does not topple down.

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And yes thanks to our media, who have successfully materialized woman to such an extent that, if you are fat you automatically become untouchable or someone with whom you cannot be noticed. A girl should be typically thin. If you are fat, you are either sympathized or looked down upon no matter how hardworking or talented you might be.

The worst scenarios happen when a fat woman wants to get married and that too in a typical arrange marriage structure. As it is, according to Indian culture a girl’s family is never to demand anything on top of that if the girl is fat, it’s like the end of the world for her parents. I have a simple question to all the would-be- groom’s mothers. Is your son even a good human being owing to the recent scenarios of rapes and bride killing for dowry, that you come to a girls house, sit, eat and then humiliate her and her family only because she is fat?

According to recent studies, over 55% of obese people have higher chances of falling prey to acute depression. In our culture, thin is equal to beautiful and being overweight can lower self-esteem, a known trigger for depression. This results in anxiety, low performance, and a greater number of reported suicide attempts.

Thus, the girl you just called fat might be starving to death just to fit into the group. The woman you just rejected from the job might have a family that she needs to support. The girl who was not given the opportunity to give the presentation only because she was not presentable enough has spent nights sleepless just to make the perfect slide.

Obesity can be from various reasons and it is something which is curable. It’s nothing to be ashamed about. Judging someone by their size only reflects your mindset. No one is perfect. Just try accepting people as they are and this you never know might save some one’s life as well.

 

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This Holi keep it Natural!

– by Samhati Bhattacharjya

The most awaited festival among all age groups Holi, the festival of colours is here. Research says along with the fond memories of Gulal, there are a few safety issues with all three processes adopted in producing Holi colours: pastes, dry colours and water colours. The various ingredients found in synthetic colours like lead oxide (black), mercury sulphide (red), aluminium bromide (silver), copper sulphate (green), Prussian blue have been known to cause various health problems ranging from dermatitis (skin becoming red and blotchy), eye allergies, skin cancer and even temporary blindness.Traditionally, Holi was all about natural colours made with flowers and herbs. But with time, the natural ingredients were replaced with dyes, chemicals, heavy metals and sometimes even with acids, mica, glass powder and dangerous alkalis.

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It is seen that people often indulge in an unsafe Holi which has a very bad effect on their health. The safety of the skin and other sensitive organs like eyes, ears are in question, for the ingredients used to manufacture colours.

The demand of darker and long-lasting colors have increased the amount of toxic chemicals used in the colors, which are posing to be a serious threat to the body. Mercury sulphate used in red colours and asbestos or silica – used as base material in most dark colours causes cancer, asthma, skin diseases and temporary blindness. But, there are solutions to these problems.

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Here are a few tips to have a safe Holi.

  1. This Holi keep it Natural. It’s difficult to make out differences between natural colour and a dye colours. So take precaution. Make the colours at home like they used to in the good old days. You can use turmeric, henna, marigold flowers, kumkum and other ingredients to make colours.
  2. Avoid dark colours and in case you are exposed to it, please make sure that you wash it immediately with fresh water.
  3. Ensure that the colours don’t come in contact with your eyes.
  4. You must wear clothes that cover a lot of your skin. Dry skin allows chemicals to penetrate easily so cover the skin on your face, arms, legs etc with copious amounts of olive oil, coconut oil, almond oil or mustard oil.
  5. Apply a thick coat of Vaseline or lip balm to protect your lips getting exposed to toxic colours.
  6. Protect your nails from the colours by using transparent nail polish. If you have long nails, you can use it on the underside of the nails as well (remove this after the celebrations).
  7. Use of a toner before stepping out to play Holi helps to close the pores of your skin thereby reducing the absorption and the harm.
  8. If any open wound or cuts are there on the body then use a band-aid or bandage prior to playing Holi. This is to avoid entry and absorption of harmful chemicals in your blood stream that could later have more damaging effects like cancer, blindness etc.

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But these precautions are not all. Now that you have played Holi with different colours, it’s time for you to get rid of those colours so that it doesn’t affect your body for a longer span of time. Even if you have taken all the precautions, but still it is always advisable to remove those colours as soon as possible. Many of you might find it very difficult to remove these colours, so here are a few things you should keep in mind.

  1. Stand under running water for at least 5 to 10 minutes. This is a must. Don’t scrub yourself too hard and don’t scratch,
  2. Please remember not to use harsh soaps to get rid of colours from your skin. You can use liquid soap gently and after that use home-made packs or scrubs on stubborn colour so that it goes away.
  3. Use olive oil with cotton to remove the colours from your. This is after washing it in cold water for a few minutes.
  4. If you feel any sort of itching or rashes in your skin, please contact a dermatologist immediately to avoid further complications.

Holi is a festival of bright colours, a time for merrymaking and enjoyment. Let’s not make this brightness be the reason of our life’s darkness. Wish you a happy and safe Holi!

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