Belly Buttons Are So Overrated

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Enough is enough, from thigh gaps, to bikini bridges and now the belly button challenge. The belly button challenge is a new body trend flooding social media. I am not talking about a stylish, fashion trend that everyone should follow. Instead the belly button challenge proves that society sucks.

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It’s believed that this trend started in China. No matter where it started it has made an unwanted appearance on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook pages. The idea of this challenge is suppose to indicate if you need to lose weight. If your right arm is able to reach the left side of your navel from your back, you are thin and healthy. Completely bogus! I am not a health or fitness expert but I do have a brain and I know that touching your belly button does not prove if one is healthy. What girls fail to realize is that flexibility and long arms are the only things that determine if you can touch your belly button.

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         Today, the pressure to become thin is stronger than ever. From personal experiences, it can be hard to get rid of the negative thoughts about your body. Constantly, one is bombarded with thoughts of feeling fat, feeling ugly, and feeling unworthy.

It seems like these body trends are harmless but instead they have dangerous outcomes. Although I believe that the media is not the sole contributor to eating disorders, these trends can still add fuel to the fire. Eating disorders are no joking matter and continue to rise among teens and adults, both males and females. According to the National Eating Disorder Association, over 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from eating disorders. In fact, eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder. I wish society kept these facts and statistics in mind before they start telling us that being thin is all that matters.

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I am a huge advocate for promoting body peace. Although I find it hard to sometimes take my own advice, I strongly believe that body shaming needs to stop NOW. Since when does being thin make you a more worthy human being? I was always taught that it is what is on the inside that counts.

I can’t help but to laugh at this idea of the belly button challenge because it is nothing but complete foolishness. However, the sad part is that not all girls can laugh about it and most fall victim to society’s idea of the “perfect body.” Take the vow with me and promise not to post anything on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook that shames your body or others. It’s not worth it. Besides, belly buttons are so overrated, but being healthy never goes out of style.

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55 Comments

  1. June 19, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    Great post <333

  2. June 19, 2015 / 8:11 pm

    Dude, what?! Belly button trend?! Things are getting ridiculous. We ladies already have enough body issues as it is–I still have them even after “overcoming” an eating disorder the first two years of college. It’s hard accepting yourself how you are, especially when we’re bombarded with images of what we “should” be.

  3. June 19, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    well said this is the most ridiculous one yet I think. It getting harder to just be happy with your own body I think with everything that is constantly bombarding us
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx | bloglovin

  4. June 19, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    wow, I haven’t heard anything yet about this”belly button challenge” but it looks absolutely horrible! Hate how society confines itself to this kinda thing!
    xx, kenz
    http://sincerelykenz.com

  5. June 19, 2015 / 8:50 pm

    Oh my goodness! I’d never heard about this before but this is so horrible!! Cannot believe society is pressuring girls(and guys aswell who knows) to look a certain way! This is ridiculous! Props to you gurl for standing up for body positivity and self-love! xoxox

  6. June 20, 2015 / 3:16 am

    this belly button challenge is ridiculous. it has to do so much more with shoulder mobility than actual skinniness or health! i’ll stick to healthy eating and exercise.

    cute & little

  7. Nicole
    June 20, 2015 / 5:11 pm

    I think this is the weirdest trend I’ve heard of so far!!! Great post, I totally agree! 😉

    Girl About Town

  8. June 21, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    I had never heard of this stupid and insane trend but like you said – its complete foolishness. Well written post about issues that surround body image. I can only pray that I can raise my little girl to be strong, confident, and smart enough to recognize the bull and not fall victim to unhealthy standards.

    Erica
    http://www.pumpsandpushups.com

  9. Jessica
    June 22, 2015 / 8:07 am

    This trend is so ridiculous! We all have a different levels of flexibility.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  10. Jennifer
    June 22, 2015 / 10:07 am

    So I definitely cannot do the bellybutton thing. But I love what you wrote! Every girl is beautiful regardless of what size she is!!!

    Jennifer Ashley
    http://www.prettylittledetails.ca

  11. June 23, 2015 / 12:37 am

    I had no clue this was going on. Who even comes up with this things? I love that last caption in the picture most especially and i would love to share it. Thank you for this beautiful post dear.

    http://www.thefashionstirfry.com

  12. June 23, 2015 / 6:35 am

    PREACH IT, GIRL, PREACH IT.

    Body shaming is such a huge issue right now, and the entertainment industry still continues to perpetuate it for the sake of aesthetics and income. It’s outrageous, and as for the challenge? BULL. Thank you for this post, Liv, THANK YOU.

    May x • THE MAYDENbloglovin’

  13. Tori McKimm
    June 24, 2015 / 10:51 am

    As someone who suffered from an eating disorder for 4 years–and has now been recovered for 6–when I saw this was trending I was disgusted!! What are we teaching girls/women about what makes them beautiful?! I loved reading this article–you are spot on 🙂

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

  14. June 24, 2015 / 12:06 pm

    Yes! This challenge was the worst! Thanks for addressing this crazy issue!
    xo Hannah

  15. June 24, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Hi

    I’m totally agree with the last pic, fashion doesn’t meant you have to be skinny.
    Fashion for me is a way of expression of art you don’t have to damage yourself.

    Kisses
    http://www.makeyourownfashion.com/

  16. June 24, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    I never heard of this before, but it could be good for people who actually have a tummy problem. 😉

  17. Mary María
    June 25, 2015 / 1:14 pm

    Super cute!
    Enjoy the day, sweetie.

    >> Check my cool Summer prep! <<

    ♥‿♥

  18. June 26, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    “Instead the belly button challenge proves that society sucks.” YES. THANK YOU. When I started seeing this ignorant and idiotic challenge, I got so mad. Not only is the challenge a ridiculous measure for health anyway, but it doesn’t even take body proportions, arm length, and belly button placement into account, so of course this is going to be distorted. Wish all young girls realized this :/

  19. June 27, 2015 / 4:34 am

    Its so nice to see this post because the pressure of being thin really is too much, its surprising that anyone can feel good about themselves anymore because expectations are so unrealistic.

    Thanks for sharing <3

    http://www.thestylebunny.com

  20. June 27, 2015 / 11:05 am

    This is really thing worth talking about. Amazing post!

    girlinboots.blogspot.com

  21. June 29, 2015 / 7:22 am

    Fantastic post.
    I’ve never heard of the belly button challenge but it is completely ridiculous as you day “the belly button challenge proves that society sucks.”

  22. June 29, 2015 / 5:24 pm

    Wow thats so crazy! Makes me really sad that these kind of trends even get viral. We all should just love the skin we’re in!

  23. July 1, 2015 / 11:40 am

    I think this is the most ridiculous thing that has ever popped up on the internet. I wish all these silly, negative challenges/ pictures and what not would stop popping up as all they are doing is spreading a negative body Image and one that is not realistic. As someone who is naturally petite, healthy and has long arms there is no way I could come near touching my belly button when doing this. I totally agree that it comes down to flexibly etc and not your health status.

    Brilliant post x
    Caitriona | Blog

  24. July 1, 2015 / 12:50 pm

    I haven’t hear of this trend yet but it sounds absolutely ridiculous. I strongly believe that being thin doesn’t necessarily mean that a person is beautiful. I’m happy that I’m confident enough with my body, and will never follow this kind of stupid trends. Great post dear. xx

    Nina
    http://www.ninasstyleblog.com

  25. July 2, 2015 / 10:15 pm

    I agree with you 100%. Although we, whether we admit to it or not, are victims of all these sorts of harmful negative trends, It would be happy to take this vow with you:)
    xo
    Elmira
    Well Put Together

  26. July 3, 2015 / 6:48 am

    This is yet another one of those idiotic trends set by society to make young girls feel bad about themselves. Our society really sucks.

    TRENDGALORE
    BLOGLOVIN’

  27. July 5, 2015 / 6:43 am

    wow this belly button challenge is completely ridiculous! I totally agree with everything you just said in this post, thank you for being so inspiring!

    lifeisashoe

  28. July 6, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    When I first read about this, I thought it was a joke. When I realized it wasn’t, I didn’t know whether to be angry or just sad. In the end, I’m still not sure I’ve decided on which emotion is stronger – but I do know that this challenge is utterly ridiculous.
    xox,
    Cee
    http://www.cocoandvera.com

  29. July 7, 2015 / 7:47 am

    People are just straight up ridiculous. I can barely touch the side of my waist doing the belly button trick so it must mean I’m enormous, ha. But in reality I just have shorter arms and no flexibility and I love it.

    Keep on tearing down this bullshit!

  30. July 7, 2015 / 11:31 am

    That is so TRUE!!

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