WOW | What You Think

DO PEOPLE’S OPINIONS SHAPE YOUR BODY IMAGE?

Amy Sakya
Executive Director, Park Village Hotel

Amy Sakya
Executive Director, Park Village Hotel

We are social beings. Society shapes us in ways that sometimes we don’t realise. So, I don’t think there is a concrete yes or no to this question, maybe it can be answered by how much I let it influence me.

My whole life I have stood out because of my body structure (used to be a skinny kid with a busty chest). In school my friends used to call me “boobies”, but that never got to me because I just accepted my body for what it was. That doesn’t mean there weren’t days when I wanted them to just be a normal size. But I have always had a good confidence level and never let it bother me too much.

In general, I have always had a very cool attitude, so that usually helps me to deal with an awkward situation in life. In my late 20s, I put on enormous weight due to PCOS which is a hormonal disorder in women that makes it extremely hard to lose weight. Having always been comfortable in my skin, I didn’t allow other’s opinions about my weight gain affect how I see myself. Due to peer pressure, I have tried dieting, opted for workout sessions which I chose for my health benefits not because of the reference points we are given by the society and different digital platforms regarding body shape and size.

There are times I complain about my tummy popping out or my thighs being too big, but it hasn’t influenced my body image or self-esteem as when I look in the mirror while getting ready I know I am fabulous and I am just me.