"Speak kindly to yourself and to others," was actress Chynna Ortaleza's reminder to her fans and followers as she addressed comments about her body last Monday, February 15.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, Chynna stressed that commenting on a person's body can leave scars and open old wounds, regardless if those remarks were well-meaning or not.
"Do you know that comments that are put out there without any ill intention in mind can be scarring? You may wonder how that can be? They may bring up past wounds. Most especially if they are repeated over and over as if to make you believe that there is something so terribly wrong with oneself," she began.
"All my life I’ve been hearing these comments: Ay ang payat mo. Anorexic ka ba? Kumain ka naman para ka ng liliparin ng hangin. Mukha kang sitaw. 'Pag hindi mag pataba mawawalan ka ng trabaho. Mas maganda ka pag mataba ka. Ay ang taba mo na. Medyo nagkalaman ka.. napasarap ata kain natin. Papayat ka ulit. Mas gusto ko na payat kesa mataba.. gaan ng problema mo Chynna. And so on.. It is a very vicious cycle. And yes, even people who like me were born with a metabolism so fast we burn calories like a boss need to share," she said.
She then reminded netizens to be more mindful with their words and to always treat others with kindness and respect.
"The concern is much appreciated but then again the way it is said is something that needs to be talked about... All I’m saying is we need to try to be impeccable with what we say. Mindful in the intention. Because people have scars and we do not want to add on to it," she said.
"You have the ability to transform lives through the use of tone and words. Speak kindly to yourself and one another. Yes, even if it's a hard subject to chew it can still be done with respect and empowerment," she added.
Chynna ended the post by thanking those who have expressed concern for her wellbeing, assuring them that "all is well" with her.
"So here is my present state: I am 38 years old, straddling the 89-90 lbs. mark because I have decided to listen to my body and let food be thy medicine. My dream is to continue to be a force of a woman to my children, husband and all humans that I will be blessed to cross paths with. So, I want to heal myself to be able to heal other people as well. Thank you to those who are kind enough to ask me how I am. All is well," she said.