I understand how hard it is for people who are classified as “curvy” or “fat” by society, and are made to feel ashamed. I know because I get the same shit from the other side of the spectrum. I am a perfectly healthy and well-nourished 17 year old girl and yet:
I’ve been told by my teachers that it looks like a have an eating disorder.
I’ve been told that I look my a skeleton by family members.
I’ve been told I look disgusting.
When my mum had a parent teacher interview with my psych teacher it turned into a conversation about my weight.
Classmates have told me that my weight isn’t normal
despite how short I am.
I get told that my legs look like chicken legs and that my ankles are like sticks (heels make this more prominent)
I hate wearing black leggings in public because I know my legs are like toothpicks.
When I look at my face in the mirror I wonder if all people see is a skull because my cheeks and jaw stick out.
My dad tells me I need to eat more and constantly snickers “are you on a diet or something?” or that I “eat like a bird”.
I get it.
But just because my natural body type is similar to people in magazines, doesn’t mean I should be made to feel ashamed.
I believe that positive body image should be promoted and normalisation of all body shapes (as long as there is no risk to physical or mental health) should be encouraged and endorsed. However, saying “fuck skinny bitches” and basically making thin people feel shit about themselves is NOT the right way to show your support for people who are larger/curvy/chunky/whateveryouwanttocallit.
This is NOT promoting positive body image and acceptance; it is promoting a culture that continues to target and hate on certain groups of people.