Lately I keep seeing posts on Facebook and Instagram with photos of plump women as an example of what a real woman should look like, somehow trying to shun all the skinny girls into understanding how inadequate they are. In a country where obesity is the cause of most diseases and we’re dealing with kids getting diabetes because they’re too fat, we have an issue with skinny people. And just to be clear, I’m not talking about emaciated, anorexic people that take weight to the other extreme. Somehow it’s a merit to have a little pouch, flabby arms and wide hips. We’re so worried about our kids not accepting the way they look, that we forget to teach them how to eat healthy, exercise, stay in shape. We are the most out of shape generation in history and if it would come down to survival based on how physically fit we are, we’d be wiped down in no time.
I’m not saying we should all be Victoria Secret models, but guess what: most skinny girls are not skinny because they just happen to have a really good metabolism (although we are all incredibly jealous of them), most girls who have a rocking body, have it because they spend time at the gym, in the yoga or Pilates studio, and on top of that, they actually read the labels of the foods they eat, they pay attention to the portion size and think twice about eating bacon for breakfast every morning.
Media has created these idea about how skinny women are that way because they either starve themselves, they got lipo or some kind or other plastic surgery, they’re just genetically blessed, or there’s some photoshop action involved. So then we got the backlash response from campaigns like Dove featuring plump women and promoting that as the real beauty. They created these myths, in order to create needs around them and eventually brands to fulfill that need. Dove promoted the “real beauty” of the not-so-perfect women, but when it came to the Dove Men Ads, they picked a guy with chiseled abs, not one will a little beer belly or hair on his back. With that in mind, do they really believe that we’re all beautiful, regardless of our wrinkles, our bodies or was that just another advertising trick to get to that section of the population who’s not skinny, but not fat; not young, yet not old; not perfect, but not imperfect.
As for all of you out there who think you hate skinny girls, and throw snarky comments at them every time you get a chance, try spending 6 times a week in a gym doing circuit training, weight lifting, pilates, yoga, and who knows what else, try eating less than an entire burger and fries, try reading the food label and understand that you only need about 1500 calories a day for a healthy life. Do that for 30 days and then we’ll talk! I know it’s easier to make those snarky comments and to dismiss all the work that the skinny girls put it by putting them all in the same category of genetically blessed. And take a look about how we never dismiss the sculpted body of a man by saying it’s just genetics. We give him credit for his abs, his arms, his back…we only shun the women who have the ambition, the motivation, and the discipline to do the same.