In an interview with BuzzFeed, Lenehan explained that she was inspired to create such a video to change the way she perceived her own body’s natural changes. “No one talked about how much their body changed and tummy expanded throughout the day, so I thought the way mine did was abnormal and something to be ashamed of,” she said. “Turns out, it happens to most of us; we just don’t talk about it openly and know how to ‘hide’ it. So I wanted to show just how real those changes are and that it’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
Research reveals that bloating is a normal occurrence. The average adult will see their weight fluctuate by up to 5 or 6 pounds during the day. Despite bloating being a universal norm, it’s so rarely discussed and can leave many people feeling embarrassed or alone in their struggle. “I believe [weight fluctuation] isn’t talked about as openly because many of us feel a pressure to meet a certain beauty standard, and being bloated isn’t part of that standard,” said Lenehan.
A major driving force for Lenehan to document and share her journey of self-love was the fact that today especially, young women are constantly presented with filtered images that skew their own perception of reality. It was something she experienced herself, holding unrealistic expectations for her own body. “I spent years picking myself apart and trying every single fad diet out there,” she said. “I learned in the end that those were all Band-Aid fixes. You can’t hate yourself into a body you’ll love. So I…focused on learning to accept my body, truly.”
As Lenehan said, “I stopped following people online who left me feeling worse and followed people who posted things that made me feel good about myself. I posted my real body more and more, which definitely helped, because everyone could already see me as I am, so I had nothing to hide or try to ‘live up to’.”