The world sees skinny as the "ideal image". To have a skinny body, skinny legs, tiny waist is what is considered pretty. For some women out there, they strive for this look which is fine but I'm not here to talk about slimming down to meet the "ideal image" of pretty because what is pretty to you is different for others. I'm here to share with you what being "skinny" is like... for my entire life.
Growing up, I've always been skinny. It's not as glamorous as you might think. I get a lot of comments like:
- Wow, you're so skinny!
- You're just like Twiggy
- Do you eat?
- Can you eat more?
- You're going to get blown away
- You're so skinny, eat more
Are those remarks compliments? Let's look at the flip side.
- Wow, you're so fat!
- You're just like a pig
- You eat a lot?
- Can you eat less?
- You're gaining a few pounds no?
- You're so fat, eat less
When we turn things around to the other extreme, it's seen as being rude and mean. Skinny and fat is just the same. Skinny is no better than being fat, we are in fact the same. We each have our struggles in life to stay healthy.
Being slim has it's concerns:
- Health Issues: Being a slim girl, we have our health issues. We are often diagnosed with low iron in our blood stream and this leads to fainting. It's not pretty collapsing in school.
- Gaining weight to be healthy is our struggle. To gain weight, we actually can't just eat more. We need a lot of exercise and a good diet. The more we exercise, the more nutrients we absorb and thus, the more weight we can gain. It's nothing worth being proud of when you weigh less than the average 17 year old. For me to gain weight, I run around 6-8 km on average a week, paired with swimming, yoga and weight lifting. The world is balanced, it takes effort for those to lose weight, and it also takes effort to gain weight and guess what, we all have the same goal: to be healthy.
Before we comment on other's physique, let's just drop that thought entirely and focus on what we can do to make ourselves live a healthier and active life.
Stay Healthy :)