“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.”
We’ve all heard this quote, right? We’ve even heard Jennifer Lawrence comment on this phrase by saying a lot of foods taste better than how skinny feels. Everyone flaunts the new age where curvy is better and thin is unattractive. Well, when you begin to degrade skinny women for being just that–thin–then you begin to create a world where not only overweight women are reprimanded for their sizes, but underweight women become the recipients of the chastising as well.
When we begin to make comments we believe to be small, we begin to develop a world with a higher sense of insecurity. Soon, “Eat a sandwich” or “You’re too skinny” begin to place a burden on those women who are the recipients of those phrases. By giving these criticisms, we increase the already heightened awareness of body image and the importance society seems to place on it.
I've heard these questions and comments numerous times:
Have you lost weight?
Are you eating?
You need fat on your bones!
While these women, who you scold for being too skinny, are in the gym everyday trying to increase their body weights, you put another thought into their minds about how imperfect they are in comparison to you. You begin to joke about how they can eat anything they want and about how they look anorexic, simply because you think it’s a compliment. You think everyone wants to be the size of the 00 models you see in the advertisements of your favorite stores, while these people you reprimand for being thin are trying to put on weight.
What if the plot was twisted? What if these girls who you perceive to be anorexic went up to “overweight” girls and said, “I think you should eat a salad instead of that hamburger”? Or what if these girls said, “You look obese”? Would this last statement not be parallel to “You look anorexic”?
Before you criticize someone’s weight, whether the person is a male or a female, what if you simply said, “You look really good today”?
Would body shaming continue?
Lauren is a Ball State University alumna with a Bachelor's degree in English and a concentration in Creative Writing. She enjoys breakfast for dinner with a side of literary enjoyment.