What is so wrong with the world these days?
I am going to go on a little rant, so I apologize in advance, but hang in there with me if you're interested! Not only am I sick of the bullying of those who are overweight, but i have also realized how sick I am of people putting others down for being in small or in shape, making healthy choices, or choosing a salad over fried chicken tenders, french fries and a sweet tea.
STOP JUDGING. IT IS NOT YOUR LIFE TO JUDGE.
Healthy comes in all shapes and sizes, and just because someone isn't a size 4 doesn't mean their not healthy. Hormones, genetics and autoimmune diseases are just a few points that can make it difficult to lose or gain weight, but that does not make someone unhealthy. Vise Versus, just because someone is a size 2 doesn't mean they don't eat, are unhealthy or "need a cheeseburger."
Putting people down by saying some of the examples below can have serious effects on someones mental health.
If you are struggling with self-esteem issues or any mental problems dealing with weight:
My personal story
I work hard for the way I look, and even before my diagnosis, of multiple food intolerances, I have always lead a highly active life with good sources of nutrient intake, and for most of my life I have heard "you're too skinny," "someone get her a cheeseburger," "I'm not going to be friends with skinny people this year," "you need to eat a piece of cake," "your legs are too small," "do you even eat?" Yes, ever since my diagnosis, I have lost weight, and that is likely because I have had to eliminate most dairy and grains in my life some being cows milk, wheat, soy, rice and potatoes. However, just because I have a small waist and a flat stomach does not mean I do not work hard to be healthy and in shape. I try and work out as often as I can and feed my body with whole foods. I am healthy. I am not "skinny," and I will refuse to let my diagnosis, size or other peoples comments define me as a person.
All of these comments are usually followed by multiple laughters by outsiders, and it is frustrating because I just want to scream "I can't eat a cheeseburger or a piece of cake, nor do I want to because of my lifestyle choices and the knowledge I have learned through my education." But what I most want to say is "I probably eat more in a day than you do, so back off!" Being healthy = eating whole = self care = gut health = eating often, especially when working out and when you're hungry. So many of American's under-eat, which overtime leads to weight gain (to be discussed in another blog), which make sense as nearly half of Americans are overweight or obese, yet there is more healthy-conscious food availability than ever before.
So, why is it that we all have to be unhealthy to fit in? It's a sad sad world we live in, but I am just thankful that I have a good sense of humor and I am able to brush off the comments and know that I do not need to eat unhealthily just to "fit in" and not be laughed at. However, there are many people out there who can't just laugh it off and move on, and those comments can turn into a mentality issue of "well now I can't gain weight because everyone sees me as skinny, so if I put on a few pounds they will notice," which can then turn into an eating disorder. It's as simple as that people.
Be kind to one another -Ellen Degeneres
REMEMBER, YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT IS GOING ON WITH SOMEONES LIFE OR BODY...PHYSICALLY, MENTALLY OR EMOTIONALLY.