I mentioned this topic earlier in the week during my “mind dump”….and talking about it briefly made me realize I really wanted to take sometime to discuss it more in-depth.
Being on the thinner side, you’d think that I have never had to deal with ridicule and name calling from others about my body. But you’d be wrong. In fact, I’d argue that thinner people have increasingly become the targets of criticism over the past decade or so.
With all the talk in the world about accepting our bodies for what they are and embracing the shapes we have naturally, it seems that people have forgotten that thin is a SHAPE too! We all can’t be curvy! But for some reason thin people have been increasingly thought of as unhealthy, disordered, unwomanly, and not deserving of the benefits of healthy eating and exercise.
I say this from my own perspective and experiences. Numerous times (like I mentioned in my earlier post) people have come up to me while I am working out or enjoying a nutritious meal and comment along the lines of “Oh you don’t need to be living like that….you’re so thin! I need to be living like that more than you!”. Uh hello! Did it ever occur to them that I make the choices I do not simply to make my body look a certain way!?! I do it because it’s what I prefer, it’s what makes me feel good, and what makes me happy!
Some people seem to think that thin people should be eating fried twinkies and playing video games all day…as if only those who are unhealthy and need to lose weight have the right to be in a gym or eat a salad. But that is so irrational. We all have the right to be healthy, happy, and be accepted for who we are.
The reason I think there’s a double standard in reference to being thin is because people seem assume that being thin makes you comfortable in your own body, that you need to be knocked down a few notches, and that they have the right to make comments on your body! It’s not like I go up to overweight people and comment on how large or small their body. Why do people think its any less hurtful to comment on my body being smaller as opposed to bigger? Drawing attention to someone’s body in anyway is unnecessary in my opinion. But sadly, society has made it a large focal point for millions of people.
“Skinny” and “thin” have become SO taboo in our society! Its like the elephant in the room that everyone strives for, but at the same time looks down upon and critiques. To me though, its just another shape, another body type, and should be just as celebrated as other looks.
So what do ya say? I frankly try very hard everyday to not pass judgments on people based on outward appearances. I don’t want others judging me based on that so its really important to me that I don’t do it to others. Will you consider making more of an effort to do the same?
What are your thoughts on this subject?
I love hearing your opinions and insights so feel free to share!!!
Q and A coming at ya tomorrow so last chance to ask your questions!!
Oh and so I am keeping up with the photo challenge….today’s photo is supposed to show:
Happiness! Nothing beats a nice fall evening walk with my favorite little friend