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Midsize: Never Heard Of This Term? Get To Know It Here

First things first, it's important to emphasize that it doesn't matter what people say about you and your body. If you feel good about yourself, you are in the right way.

That said, even if we live in a dualist world, especially when it comes to body types, there are not only two ways to classify ourselves. Between "thin" and "fat" there are several other nomenclatures that may suit you. Here's a text that talks about one of them: the midsize one. Check it out!

Neither fat nor thin

This is how Polly Casoti, Rose Diana - two digital content producers -, and many others identify themselves. The term has been growing considerably, but it is still invisibilized or even confused with plus size - even though they are not the same thing. Rose says ‘’Midsize is something in between’’ and the key of the movement is representativeness, about that Polly explains: "The skinny girls follow the skinny girls for inspiration, the plus sizes follow the plus size girls for inspiration, and we, who are midsize, had no one to follow."

The media plays a huge role in the erasure of midi bodies by preaching extremism when the subject is body - either you are skinny or you are plus size -. This concept is unreal, there are many types of bodies in between that need to be praised.

Before we evolved to midsize it was common to see women in body limbo denoting themselves as neither fat nor thin, and that's what happened to 27-year-old Polly Casoti during her long journey to self-love: "So many girls are left in limbo, and that happened to me too". Knowing the movement was to Polly the answer to her problems: "Now I don't have to worry about losing weight. My body is in the middle and it's fine", she says.

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Self-esteem

People who are in the middle ground feel that there is something wrong with them, since they don't fit into either one. Those who feel in limbo are in a constant, and often unsuccessful, search to get out of it. This journey often leads to various psychological problems, such as eating disorders. This is what happened to Rose Diana and it was also what drove her to produce content on TikTok.

"I have eating disorders and depression. I have a total breakdown, but when you touch the ground you kind of relife ‘I’m not gonna do this anymore’ that’s my turning point. I quit dieting. I quit losing weight and started listening to my body. Now I’m finally enjoying eating. I hope to continue with that for the rest of my life."

"There’s not even a word for Midsize in korean. It was really hard to find this kind of content when I was young. I really don’t want any other young girl suffering from this kind of anxiety. That’s the reason I start to create, to show it’s okay to be a Midsize", explains.

For the last three years Polly has been deconstructing, but for her it is a daily process, which influences her production as a content creator. "Currently I am very adept at Slow Blogging. It gives me a little more freedom, even though the social network algorithm didn't help me at all, but I want my content to be sincere, especially because talking about body is a very sensitive area for me and I imagine it is sensitive for other people. So I can't record a video feeling bad because then I know my message won't be getting across in the best possible way", tells.

"I’m struggling with my body. What can I do?"

There is no magic recipe for self-love, but a few things can help you achieve it. To Polly it’s important to be close to people who will praise you: "Analyze the social circle you are in, meet people who are not forcing any kind of body on you, each person has their individuality, yours is to be a woman of medium body. And also consume content related to this."

Accepting your moods is indispensable to Rose. "I also have my ups and downs, but I can tell you that one day you will be fine."

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The article above was edited by Beatriz Cristina.

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Vitória Prates

Casper Libero '23

Estudante de Jornalismo na Faculdade Cásper Líbero. Além da leitura e da escrita, passo horas problematizando tudo ao meu redor, tagarelando sobre o mundo e devorando minha interminável lista de filmes.
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