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5 Responses to Roller Skate Skinny

  1. kelly @kellynaturally  

    Great article. As a “roller skate skinny” myself, I still remember the first time I had a friend comment about her weight in comparison to mine. Prior to that time it hadn’t occurred to me… and I remember not being sure what to do about those feelings, or how to process someone else’s feelings on “dieting” or “god” vs “bad” foods, body image, etc. As a child, my mother taught us that all body sizes/shapes were normal, food was for nourishment, and exercise was for fun.

    I’m still thin, as are my kids – it’s just how we are. But in this culture, it seems no one bats an eye about calling out someone’s thinness to their face, have no problem telling thin people to “eat something” (insinuating if you’re thin you’re obviously dieting or have some kind of eating/exercising problem), or referring to non-thin women as “normal” size/ “normal women” / “real women” (insinuating that thinness is not normal, or somehow not real).

    There’s nothing un-normal/real about being thin – some people just ARE. I hate feeling like I have to acquiesce to rudeness; like I must be apologetic for my genes. I don’t want my kids to have to grow up surrounded by that sort of biased ignorace.

    HEALTHY is what’s important. Healthy food, healthy movement, healthy thoughts about yourself and your environment. Size, shape, comparing & contrasting yourself with others – it’s purposeless. We’re all human, we’re all different; differences should be embraced, not pointed out, mocked, or judged.

  2. Hannah

    Aw, you were so cute in your cheer outfit. Yeah, I went through the same stuff you both describe. I matured very, very slowly. I was very short and very skinny until the end of high school. I was the last to get my period and was often underweight for things. My family tends to be pretty slender and my mom was very nutrition conscious. Actually I was caught between friends saying they hated me because I didn’t gain weight, peers making fun of me for not looking sexy because I had a small chest/wasn’t curvy and my mom’s neuroses about weight. Even though she was trying to make sure we were healthy, she was also a former anorexic who was obsessed with weight. She would mercilessly point out people’s physical flaws and say “you don’t want to get fat, do you?” every time I wanted to have a potato chip. None of that is positive or contributes to a healthy self-image. In the last few years, for the first time, I’ve started to put on weight. Until I was about 28, I could eat anything and barely gain weight. Of course, I never ate the quantities some people do because of what my mom engrained in me. Even though I’d like to lose a little weight, I try not to obsess about it. And I kind of like having curves for the first time in my life, too.

  3. Emily Bartnikowski  

    I’m not sure how I missed linking this – LOVE YOUR TREE is one of my mantras!