Fat-shaming isn’t effective. It’s prevalent, to be sure, although research has shown that stigmatizing obesity can actually contribute to increasing obesity rates. A recent study published in the Journal of Health Psychology aimed to evaluate why the positive correlation between stigma and obesity exists, specifically for women. By reviewing daily assessments of the weight-based interactions of 50 overweight women, researchers found that the negative feelings associated with fatness can lead to negative psychological health overall, in addition to reduced physical well-being.
I sit on my couch late at night pondering on how different my life would be if I were a 10 year old. My perspective on life would definitely shift to a more naive one. I’d see this world as the land where dreams come true, where people genuinely care for another; the rich helps the poor and the strong takes mercy upon the weak. My priorities would drastically change in the sense that my most dramatic concern would be that a funny episode of Hannah Montana airs on TV. Not to mention that the daily routine of contemplating life right before bed would not exist; the moment I lay my head on that pillow is the moment I fall asleep. The word “ulterior motives” would not exist in my vocabulary. I would look at people as if their intentions were as pure as crystal. If only I could go back to being a 10 year old, i’d have an image of a world that is far more tolerable than this. A world that is not stained by the products of evil.
I just saw this incredibly compelling, thought provoking masterpiece entitled “disconnect.” Wow was that an experience! The film centers around the life of five people, all of whom share one thing in common - an excessive use of or reliance on the internet. The movie then shows you what building a connection to the online world does - a teenage boy hangs himself, a married couple have all their personal bank information stolen by an anonymous figure, a father has to protect his son from being exposed as the cyberbully who was responsible for the teenage kid hanging himself, and a reporter was on the verge of losing her job. While I just listed a series of tragic events, clearly the kid hanging himself strikes as the most heart breaking one. To say that cyber bullying is a serious issue would be an understatement. We’re talking about a matter of life or death here. And in almost all cases the cyber bully admits that they were not aware their actions would create such a traumatizing effect on the victim. “We were just having fun” they say. Yeah well finding joy in hurting other people is somewhat sadistic. While this movie will not stop cyber bullying or anything, it does make a pretty explicit and powerfull statement on what cyber bullying does. I seriously recommended that movie to everyone.
Arabic is the language of the Qur’an, but Arab culture is not the culture of Islam.
Once a man was asked, ‘what did you gain by regularly praying to God?’
The man replied, ‘nothing… but let me tell you what I lost: Anger, ego, greed, depression, insecurity, and fear of death.’
Sometimes, the answer to our prayers is not gaining but losing; which ultimately is the gain.
Anytime you’re gonna grow, you’re gonna lose something. You’re losing what you’re hanging onto to keep safe. You’re losing habits that you’re comfortable with, you’re losing familiarity.
5000 friends on Facebook, 1500 on twitter, 1000 on Tumblr, 1000 on Instagram, 500 at your wedding, 5 during hard times, 2 at your burial, and alone in your grave.
7 tips for understanding the Qur’an.
Honestly, if Muslims just took the time to go outside and look up, bear witness to the heavens and massiveness of God creation, watched the way water flows, how leaves fall to the grown, we’d stop caring so much about who’s right and wrong because we’d be so in love with our Lord and His magnificence we’d begin to actually fulfill our purpose on this earth and walk towards him.
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