Vidya balan on body shaming

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Exclusive! Vidya Balan speaks candidly about her weight issue

In an interview given to ETimes, Vidya speaks about her obesity…read on to get the details

Wednesday, 10th March 2021

Vidya Balan has stunned the audience with her acting in the best movie hits such as ‘Tumhari Sulu’, 'Shakuntala Devi' and 'The Dirty Picture'. The actress has put in her best so far and continues to chase her career dreams unstoppably. While telling the tale of her journey as an actress, Vidya Balan said that her journey was often dotted with talks regarding her being ‘overweight’.

In her interaction with Vinita Dawra Nangia, Executive Editor of ETimes, Vidya stated, "It was important for me to have gone through what I did. It was very public and at that time it was so insurmountable. I come from a non-film family. There was no one to tell me that these phases don’t last. My weight issue had become a national issue. I have always been a fat girl; I wouldn’t say that I am at a stage where my fluctuating weight doesn’t bother me anymore at all. But I have come a long way. I have had hormonal issues all my life. For the longest time, I hated my body. I thought it had betrayed me. On the days I was under the pressure of looking my best, I would bloat up and I would be so angry and frustrated”.

Content about being in her skin, Vidya Balan said, “Over time, I accepted that my body is the only thing that is keeping me alive because the day my body stops functioning, I am not going to be around. I have a lot of gratitude for my body. It doesn’t matter what I have been through, I am alive because of this body. It’s blood and bones. With each day I have begun to love and accept myself more, but it’s not been easy. You have to fake it till you make it.”

Vidya Balan further said that for her, her body actually did not matter, after a certain point. “The lengths of your hair, the thickness of your arms, curves, height don’t matter; what matters is who you are as a person. When you appreciate the person that you are, every imperfection looks small; but it doesn’t strike you when you are loathing and hating yourself. It’s a very precious and tough lesson that I have been through. I have realized, it is not people judging you but rather how you judge yourself. We all need to be cautious when we are bringing up children, the colour of the skin, weight, especially with girls,” concludes the actress.

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