It's Time To Stop Body Shaming The Skinny Girls

It's Time To Stop Body Shaming The Skinny Girls

Maybe we don't want to eat a hamburger.
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As a woman with a naturally thin body type, I've heard all to many times, "Eat a Hamburger!" or "How are you so skinny?" I've even been warned to make sure I'm taking in enough calories, especially if I'm going to have an active lifestyle.

Women with thin body types should be able to eat healthy foods without because accused of "starving ourselves" or "watching our figure." We should not be encouraged to eat unhealthy foods with little to no nutritional value just to put on a few extra pounds. If we are taking in a healthy amount of calories each day and eating a balanced diet, then we are healthy, regardless of our weight. We don't need anyone else making suggestions as to how we might change our eating habits.

Sometimes, we eat healthy foods, not to lose weight or make sure we stay skinny, but to fuel our bodies with the nutrients they need, and without the junk that it doesn't need.

Women with thin body types should also be able to go to the gym without being questioned as to why we are there. If you see a skinny girl at the gym, chances are, she isn't there to lose weight, so there's no need for the concerned looks and judgmental glances. We are not there to stay skinny.

While losing weight is a great goal for individuals to have when exercising regularly, that is not the only reason to work out. Maybe that girl wants to gain weight in the form of muscle. Maybe she is an athlete. Maybe she wants to treat her body well. Maybe she simply enjoys exercising. It is a good thing to work out, stay active, and maintain a healthy lifestyle, even if the goal is not to lose weight. If a girl with a thin body type wants to spend time at the gym, there's nothing wrong with that.

There should be less focus on how much a person weighs, and more focus on how healthy their eating and exercising habits are. If a person is living a healthy, balanced lifestyle, we should encourage them, and not suggest that they change how they are living simply due to a number on the scale. And if you don't know whether or not a person is living a healthy lifestyle, don't make assumptions based on their outer appearance. Let's focus less on the number on the scale, the size a person wears, or the way a person looks, and instead, focus more on whether we are treating our bodies well.

So next time you think about telling a skinny girl to "eat a hamburger," just don't. She can decide that for herself, without your hurtful comments.

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An Open Letter From The Plus-Size Girl

It's OK not to be perfect. Life is more fun that way.

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To whoever is reading this,

My entire life has been a juggling match between my weight and the world. Since I was a young girl every single doctor my family took me to, told me I needed to lose weight. The searing pain of those words still stabs me in the side to this day. I have walked past stores like Hollister and American Eagle since I was 13.

Being plus-size means watching girls the same age as you or older walk into a store that sells the cutest, in style clothing and you having to walk into a store that sells clothes that are very out of style for a young girl. Being plus-size means being picked last in gym class, even if you love sports.

Being plus-size means feeling like you have to suck it in in pictures so you don't look as big next to your friends. Being plus-size means constantly thinking people are staring at you, even if they aren't.

The number on the scale haunts me. Every single time I think about the number I cringe.

Can I just say how going shopping is an absolute nightmare? If you haven't noticed, in almost every store (that even has plus sizes to begin with) plus-size clothing is closed off and secluded from the rest of the store. For example, Forever 21, There are walls around every side of the plus "department."

Macy's plus department is in the basement, all the way in the back corner. We get it that we are not what society wants us to look like but throwing us in a corner isn't going to change the statistics in America today. That being that 67% of American women are plus-size.

My life is a double-digit number being carved into my jiggly arms and thunder thighs. It is me constantly wanting to dress cute but turning to running shorts and a gigantic sweatshirt instead so that people don't judge me on my size.

It is time that the American society stops making plus size look like a curse. It will never be a curse. If every person was the same size, what would be the point of uniqueness? I will never despise who I am because while I was growing up multiple people told me that I needed to be a size 6 in order for a guy to fall in love with me. I will never hate myself for getting dressed up and being confident.

To all the girls reading this who may be plus-size,

It's OK! You're beautiful and lovable. If you want to buy that crop top, buy it. Life is too short to hide behind a baggy T-shirt. We are just as gorgeous as the girls that we envy. Be the one to change the opinion of the world. Fat rolls don't need to be embarrassing. Your stretch marks are beautiful. Don't ever let the world tell you not to eat that cheeseburger either.

In the end, this earthly life is temporary. We are on this earth for a blink of an eye. Don't let anything stand in your way. Wear the bikini, the crop top, and the short shorts. Post the sassy selfie you've had on your phone for 6 months and you won't post because you have a double chin or your head looks "too big." Who cares. BE YOU and love yourself while you're at it.

I'll start.

Cover Image Credit: Victoria Hockmeyer

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The Rejuvenating Qualities Of Panama City Beach

There are definitely some healing properties in these ocean waves.

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We have gone to the beach quite a few times this summer season. We live around 2 hours away and try to make it to Panama City Beach at least once a week. It's a venture for sure, but compared to the 7-day drive from The Rockies of Colorado to the Peanut Capital of the World, Dothan, Alabama (a time in which no one has heard of) we can't really make any excuses.

Now, I am sitting here typing away in the early morning while watching a summer storm blow in over the sea but, make no doubt about it, the ocean and its shores are one of the most healing, rejuvenating places on this planet. There is a calm in the break of the waves on the shoreline, and yet it pairs with an unspoken knowledge that the ocean is this uncontrollable force.

This isn't a speech on saving the planet and being eco-friendly, recycling and watching out for our beaches, which is a topic I am very passionate about and a post I would totally create. This is simply an open letter to those who might need to get away in order to revive their souls.

If you are anything like me, you have emotions pulsing through you at all times, ideas about everything under the sun, a longing to explore and adventure, and a deep need for rest, all at the same time. There are not many things in this world that truly satisfy me. There is a lot of disappointment. There is a lot of wrongdoing and suffering. It's overwhelming.

That is why I come to the beach. It removes the overwhelming things.

You see, there is nothing complicated about the waves (unless you make it complicated, but we stay away from people like you). They are simple. They are peaceful. And 99% of the time in my life that is what I need, simplicity and peace. I over-complicate things myself, I make excuses and I feel hurt in most moments of my life. I lived an exposed, vulnerable lifestyle that drains me.

That is why I love the ocean. It replenishes my drained soul. It energizes me. It is motivating and inspiring, relaxing and unwinding.

I don't pass out advice. I never have. I do, however, try living an honest life, always in the moment, so I can share my experiences in hopes that others might find them helpful. That is precisely why I am writing this. Because if you could just get to the beach, to a shoreline, it might change you. Seeing this vast landscape changes your perspective on the situations in your life you thought might overtake you.

The ocean speaks. It heals. It tells your worries to cease and your mind to rest. It tells your body to relax and your busy schedule that there IS time to take a moment. Don't forget to take a moment for yourself this summer season.

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