This morning, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed when I saw a picture of a girl on the beach in a bikini. I admired the gorgeous suit and then saw a barrage of comments discussing the woman’s weight. There was everything from comparing her to a skeleton to saying she was the reason girls have eating disorders and worse. I was floored.
I’ve been thin-shamed my whole life, but a lot of people don’t think this is an issue. It is, you guys. No one should feel uncomfortable in their bodies. The woman in the Instagram picture looked like me so when I read those comments, I felt them being hurled at myself. Is that what people think when they see me? That I’m a walking skeleton? That I’m a poor role model for young girls because I’m thin?
I hate when people feel the need to comment on my body because it’s no one’s business. So if you’re being thin-shamed, these responses could help you out next time:
1. When someone tells you to “eat a burger:”
I think I will!
2. When someone tells you you’re not healthy:
In case you missed it, weight and health are not mutually exclusive.
3. When someone tells you that you look like you haven’t eaten in days:
That means you’re buying my next meal, yes?
4. When someone tells you 0 isn’t a size:
Freak out and scream “EVERYTHING I KNOW IS A LIE!”
5. When someone tells you “real women have curves:”
You know, because you’re clearly not real.
6. When someone tells you that your body type promotes an unhealthy lifestyle:
I wasn’t aware that existing in my skin was such an issue.
7. When someone tells you that you should gain weight:
8. When someone tells you to be careful outside so you don’t blow away:
If you’re going to make fun of me, at least come up with some better material.
9. When someone tells you that you look like you have an eating disorder:
You must be really fun at parties.
10. When someone says you’re a stick:
11. When someone says you’re too skinny:
I’m pretty sure I didn’t sign up for other people telling me what my body should look like.
12. When someone tells you that you’d look better with a little meat on your bones:
Again, my body is not for you.
13. When someone asks about your eating habits:
And what if I ask about YOUR eating habits, hmm?
14. When someone tells you that you look like a 12-year-old boy:
Brb while I find the cares I give.
15. When someone tells you that “thin-shaming” isn’t a thing:
No, it’s not “reverse fat-shaming.” It’s body-shaming, pure and simple. Commenting on anyone’s weight or appearance is not okay.
Have you ever been thin-shamed? What are some responses you’ve given? Tell us in the comments below!
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