However I wanted to put my perspective across, as it is one that doesn’t get considered very often. I am skinny. Naturally.
Now if there is anyone left reading this (I know lots of women will have closed this in disgust at the previous statements) I want to weigh in with my side of the story,
The media might still, wrongly, promote unhealthy images of starved supermodels placing unrealistic aspirations on the shoulders of women across the globe, but for some of us it isn’t ‘the dream’ to be stick thin. Actually for some it can be just the opposite.
Being skinny has its drawbacks (please don’t stop reading…I’m not moaning, just sharing a seldom heard perspective).
As a teenager there is the obvious name calling eg. twiglet legs, fried egg (in reference to the bosom department, or lack thereof) and so on. For me I was fortunate, in that it was restricted to name calling and didn’t develop onto bullying, however I am sure for some this can have a lifelong impact on confidence.
Clothes are also an issue at times. I know it seems everything is designed to fit size 6, but when you don’t have curves a lot of the time you end up looking shapeless. It can be hard to feel feminine when you don’t have the figure to fill a dress in ‘all the right places’. Put me in casual joggers and a comfy sweatshirt and I like like a 12 year old boy.
Physically I suffer from a great deal of back problems, which has been put down to a lack of core strength. In the words of my nan, I could do with, ‘a bit more meat on my bones’.
Most of all though is that resentment that comes from other women. Something like the kind that I expect to feel emanating off this page as others read this article.
I know I am lucky to be slim, but it is natural. I don’t do it to annoy anyone else. I have not set out to be make others feel bad and I don’t deserve that ‘skinny cow’ comment you’ve just made under your breath.
I am not anorexic or bulimic. These are very serious conditions and to assume that or use it in a derogatory sense is just offensive to anyone who has weight issues. I don’t want to be made guilty for every thing I eat. I wouldn’t do a running commentary on what anyone else was eating so why should I be subject to it.
I always remember my first Parents evening at secondary school. My PE teacher told my mum, in front of, but not to me, that I MUST have an eating disorder because I was unnaturally thin. It completely shocked me and I was left with a nagging self doubt through most of my teenage years, causing me to worry that I didn’t fit in with socially accepted standards of health and beauty.
Unhealthy, starved supermodels are poor role models I agree, but naturally thin women shouldn’t be witch hunted as a result. As I said, I am not complaining. I just want to share the other side of the story. We come in all shapes and sizes and everyone should be able to have confidence in themselves, even us skinny ladies.