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This Blogger’s Inspiring Before-And-After Photos Show That Thinner Isn’t Always Better

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We live in a society that holds thinness to be the golden standard, and many of us operate under the harmful assumption that the thinner we are, the better.

This is, of course, false for a number of reasons, and one 17-year-old fitness blogger from Georgia took to Instagram this week to document her inspiring weight gain — and why she is in a much better place than she used to be, both mentally and physically.

“Same shorts,” Tatiana, who uses the Instagram username @haitianqveeen, captioned the photos, “Different body. 120 to 155 in 3.5 months and I couldn’t be any happier.”

Same outfit. Different body. 3.5 months. Couldn't be anymore proud of myself 🙂💪💜 • On the left I was depressed, BARELY EATING, and extremely insecure. I was losing alot of weight and made the choice to go on a weight gain journey. I was 5'9 And 120 lbs . I was considered underweight for my height. And it wasnt easy. I have an extremely fast metabolism which makes it hard for me to put on weight easily. I couldnt care less if you think I shouldn't have gained weight because guess what? It's my body and the only thing that matters now is that I'm happy. 🙂 and I was definitely working out on a consistent basis so alot of the weight I gained was muscle. 💕 • • I made a post about it on a website I created if you wanna know how I went from 120lbs to 155lbs fast with a sample meal plan of what I ate, best foods to eat, how much to eat in one day, best workout routine/best leg/booty exercises, and how to keep your stomach small! Link in my bio 💕 (P.s it was my first time making a website so it might look wack lmao)

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She goes on to detail her weight gain “journey,” in which she regained her self-confidence, overcame her depression, and fell in love with weight lifting and fitness. She went from being in a low place in her life to caring about her body and treating it well.

“I lost myself last year. I was going through too many emotionally draining things at once and eventually I hit my breaking point and gave up on myself. I stopped caring about myself, everyone else around me, my education..everything. instead I would just go days without eating and isolate myself in my room all day. Then around January when I had to hop on the scale for P.E I saw that I was 118 lbs. When I was originally 135. At that point I decided to get my shit together and gain back twice the amount of weight that I lost.”

Of course, despite the fact that Tatiana looks stunning (and so healthy) after her 15 pound weight gain, a number of Internet trolls emerged from the sludge-ridden swamp under their bridges to weigh in on her body, telling her she looked better before.

“The fact that I’m happy and that my mental state is in a better place is the MAIN thing that matters,” she fired back.

It absolutely is. The fact that she has critics at all demonstrates how far our society has to go before ultra-thin body types are no longer revered. Actress Lily Collins had a family friend praise her for losing weight to play an anorexic character for a movie. A viral tweet on thin privilege demonstrates that thin women who eat cheeseburgers are “sexy,” whereas plus-size women who dare to post any picture of themselves at all are “unhealthy.”

As Tatiana exemplifies, weight loss is not always what we ought to strive for. She’s healthier now. She’s happier now. And, as the 30,000 people who liked her Instagram demonstrate, her powerful message is resonating.

Molly ThomsonCOLLEGECANDY Writer
Writer. Boxed mac & cheese aficionado. I tried to start a girl-band when I was 12.
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