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Day 52/365 ~ Your Body Isn't Ugly, Society Is

January 21, 2011.


Your body isn't ugly. Society is.


Anorexia: An eating disorder, chiefly in young women, characterized by aversion to food and obsession with weight loss, and manifested in self-induced starvation and excessive exercise, etc.


A lot of people think that being thin is extremely important.

It's not.


"Is 'fat' really the worst thing a human being can be? Is 'fat' worse than 'vindictive', 'jealous', 'shallow', 'vain', 'boring' or 'cruel'? Not to me."

— J.K. Rowling


It happened a few years ago, but I still remember it vividly, like it was yesterday.

A girl was criticizing this girl in her class for being overweight. What she said was immensely cruel, and so judgemental.. the worst thing was that she didn't even realise the severity of what she said.

Later on, I got to know the same poor girl she was talking about. She is actually an extremely lovely person. She's a million times nicer than me. I felt so bad, there and then, that she got judged so viciously just because of her weight. And i felt that wasn't fair. I felt sick, because I knew it would continue when she got older and got a job, got new friends..


So what if I'm thin? It doesn't make me a better person than she is in any way.

So what if you're thin? It doesn't change a thing.

So if that guy you like cannot accept your weight, he's not worth it.

So if that girl you like tells you you need a six pack, she's not worth it either.

So if they don't want to be friends because they sneer at your weight, you don't need them.

So if everyone looks down on you automatically because of your size, they're the ones losing out on getting to know a wonderful person.


And it's not that easy being extremely thin either.

No, not all thin people starve themselves. We eat, alright? It's not that fun being thin. People call us anorexic wherever we go. If we're not hungry, it's always 'You're not eating? Anorexic." or "No wonder you're so thin."

So underweight people don't have the freedom to not eat, and overweight people don't have the freedom to eat.


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