Vidya Balan Body Shamed, Says ‘The Process Of Accepting Yourself Is Painful’

Vidya Balan – the name itself is enough to bring audiences to the cinemas. The actress has several superhit films in her kitty, such as the likes of ‘Tumhari Sulu’ and ‘Kahaani’. Several awards and accolades have been bestowed on her, but amidst all this – trolls and haters never cease to make distasteful comments on Vidya Balan’s weight. And this is exactly what she addressed recently in an interview. Vidya Balan said that when you grow up a fat girl, it doesn’t leave you – which is exactly what people don’t understand! 

Fat-Shaming Begins Early

In a recent interview to Filmfare, Vidya Balan narrated an incident from her teenage years. “People would tell me, ‘You’ve got such a pretty face, why don’t you lose some weight?’ It’s not a nice thing to say to anyone. Be it a child or a grown-up,” said Balan. The actress admitted she has tried crazy exercise regimens in an attempt to lose weight, but her hormonal issues would flare up some time or the other. “I guess it was my body’s way of revolting because in wanting it to be what it was not, I was constantly rejecting it,” admits Vidya Balan.

The Persistent Struggle

Vidya Balan says she has constantly been badgered by people to exercise and lose weight, to which her response is, “I want to say f**k you! How do you know I haven’t been exercising? Do you know how hard I exercise? Do you know what challenges I’ve been facing?” Vidya Balan further elaborated on how difficult it was to lose weight because of her hormonal problems. She even recalled a period when the more that she’d work out, the more weight she was putting on.

Learning To Accept

Vidya Balan said the answer to all this lies within yourself – and nobody else. “If you seek validation from others, you’ll always fall short. So, the answer lies in loving and accepting yourself,” said Vidya Balan, addressing the problem heads-on. But, the actress honestly admitted, “That of course is easier said than done. It’s work in progress and a lifelong endeavour. The process of getting to like yourself the way you are is a painful one.”

At the end of the interview, Vidya Balan said the battle to be accepted is an all-pervasive one that encompasses everyone on this planet. “Everyone is fighting their own battle and we see the world through our lens. If that lens is an unhappy one, you won’t be able to appreciate another person’s triumph. Once we know that, we won’t let someone’s reaction make us feel smaller/lesser,” concluded Balan.

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