This video lend me to look for some anti skinny shaming support. I found several different videos, blogs and posts that are against body shaming all around but no one really addresses what bothers me the most; how eating disorders, Anorexia and Bulimia are used as an insult.
“Skinny anorexic, bulimic, regurgitating bitch…”
I personally have had the fact that I’m anorexic thrown back at me like an insult. “Anorexic bitch”…I get the bitch part, but the first part of the statement is just a fact…how is it insulting? A lot of people speaking out about skinny shaming are quick to take it as an insult. Saying how not every skinny girl throws up after every meal.
What about the skinny girls that do? The skinny girls that have eating disorders, that count calories, that are Anorexic and/or bulimic? Skinny women can be considered attractive, but not if they have an eating disorder?
Many eating disordered girls who are very thin, look similar to naturally thin girls. Does their mental illness suddenly affect their “beauty”? Eating disorders are tight woven with self esteem and telling someone that they look disgusting for being too thin according to your standards isn’t helpful. It would be different if I looked the way I do because its my bodies natural state?
I’ve always been on the thinner side, not nearly as much as I am now. I think obviously people feel if they include eating disordered thin girls into this, it would be encouraging the behavior. I think it is much worse to put people down for they look even if its because they are unhealthy.
unattractive [ˌʌnəˈtræktɪv]adj1. not appealing to the senses or mind through beauty, form, character, etc2. not arousing interest
It makes me feel as though my mental illness suddenly defines me in every way because it affects my physical appearance. My physical and mental health makes me ugly? Your health should be your health. Beauty isn’t a list of requirements you need to have. Beauty is your flaws and failures; your assets and achievements.
Body shaming needs to stop for everyone, even if your physical appearance if affected by mental or physical illness. You don’t need to be healthy to be beautiful. You need to be healthy to live well. It reminds me of the BS with Angelina jolie.
If you have a disease whether it’s mental or physical should it affect your beauty?