Amy Roe, a 42-year-old author, and three-time Boston Marathon runner explains how she was sweat shamed by a woman at a local Starbucks in an upscale part of town, in a Guardian piece1.
“You look like you just did a class,” she said, giving me the once-over. I had no idea what she meant so I said nothing.
“Or swimming?” she offered, with a tight smile.
Oh, that. I’d just run 12 miles and the hair sticking out from under my hat was wet. It took me a moment to formulate an answer.
“Um, running,” I mumbled finally. “I just … sweat a lot.”
“Are woman not allowed to sweat anymore?” Elizabeth Kennedy wrote in Australia’s The Glow, Kennedy wrote that she was shamed after sweating in, ironically, a hot yoga class. Her teacher, she said, praised her practice, saying she had “nailed it” — before calling her out for perspiration2.
“By the time I was 13, I gave up drawing because I was always smearing the paper. At 15, I cried because I couldn’t go to a sleepover party because then people would find out about my problem. I stopped hanging out with my friends” Story of a teenage girl facing sweat torture3.
Being Sweaty Is Shameful –As the above stories suggest this is the biggest myth lot of people are living with if you have a fear of perspiration that probably sounds like a huge understatement. But the reality is different; Sweat volume is neither an important nor common sign of your character though it is surely a sign of elbow grease.
No athlete truly deserves a medal before investing years of his life into training and developing the mindset of a winner now just imagine, how disastrous it can turn out to be developing sweat insecurity for them?
If you’re running for Election campaign, during a televised debate or speaking from a podium breaking into sweat, you might feel embarrassed or insecure, but the rest of us have a different say in how big or small the problem is. We make it bigger by fighting and hiding the sweating, rather than accepting something which is natural we exaggerate it. We can make it smaller by becoming more open and accepting to it.
You don’t get to choose how much sweat you do, so why should you treat it like a mark of disrespect?
In fact, you will be surprised to know; almost 1 liter of sweat of our body produces per day helps in the functioning of the immune system and gives us healthy and glowing skin. A 2011 study published in the journal Archives of Environmental and Contamination Toxicology found many toxic elements in human body appeared to be excreted through sweat4.
Perspiring can actually help fight tuberculosis germs and other dangerous pathogens. Dr. Diane De Fiori, a dermatologist at the Rosacea Treatment Clinic in Melbourne, Australia, told Medical Daily in an email: “Sweat contains antimicrobial peptides effective against viruses, bacteria, and fungi. These peptides are positively charged and attract negatively charged bacterial, enter the membranes of bacteria, and break them down”5.
Remember, it’s OK to sweat it out!
By Devendra Verma – Devendra is a passionate writer, ambitious journalist and an intern with Mistpoffer®
1. Roe, A. (2018). Why I was sweat-shamed as I waited for my coffee at Starbucks. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/30/sweat-shamed-waited-for-my-coffee-at-starbucks
2. Moyer, J. (2018). ‘Sweat shaming’. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/10/01/sweat-shaming-a-womans-workout-humiliation/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.ef00785936d5
3. Pieretti, L. (2018). #MyHhStory – International Hyperhidrosis Society. Retrieved from https://www.sweathelp.org/home/real-stories.html
4. E.Sears, M., J.Kerr, K., & I.Bray, R. (2018). Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury in Sweat: A Systematic Review. Journal Of Environmental And Public Health, Volume 2012(184745), 10. Retrieved from https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jeph/2012/184745/
5. Sweat It Out! 5 Surprising Health Benefits Of Sweating That Actually Don’t Stink. (2018). Retrieved from https://www.medicaldaily.com/sweat-it-out-5-surprising-health-benefits-sweating-actually-dont-stink-309718