By: Yasmeen Kumar, Regular Contributor
I don’t like being told I’m “too skinny.” I hate it when people tell me that I “need to eat more” and I really can’t stand when people accuse me of being anorexic just because I’m thin.
I’ve been thin my entire life. I’ve always been the lightest of all my friends and I never really thought much of it that is until I started high school.
Girls in my grade 8 PE class used to stare at me when I wore shorts. They used to say stuff like “I could snap your arms like twigs” and would tell me my size was “unnatural.” It hurt me a bit, but I let it go because skinny is supposed to be a good thing, right? Wrong.
Why is it okay for people to put down my body just because I’m skinny?
With modern social media movements and music speaking out about fat-shaming and healthy body image, we often forget that thin girls have issues with body image too. It’s really important that we empower women to feel good about themselves so matter what their weight is, but we need to make sure that we don’t put anyone down in the process.
So ladies, since this is mostly us doing this to each other, can we just stop shaming each other for what are bodies look like? We’ve all got our insecurities so can we just respect each other for whatever we may look like? We as women need to stick together and build up each other’s confidence instead of tearing it down. Let’s start teaching one another how to love ourselves enough to want to take care and be proud of our bodies!
We know body shaming is a HUGE problem for girls, young women, and guys as well. What can we do? Try putting yourself in the other person's place before you judge or speak: How would you feel if someone made assumptions based on your appearance? Share your story here!
Yasmeen Kumar is an anti-poverty activist, blogger, animal lover, and band geek. Having started Helping Homeless Vancouver- a local anti-poverty initiative, Yasmeen is working towards a dream of getting people off the streets and into permanent housing. Outspoken, compassionate, fierce, and driven, Yasmeen is ready to take on the world and make some serious change. Facebook.com/helpinghomelessvancouver; @yasmeenkumar; yaskumar.tumblr.com