When a baby animal eats, the public says, “awww so adorable.” When a man eats, the public says, “He’s got a healthy appetite.” When a straight-size woman eats, the public says, “oh my goodness, she’s soooo brave.” When a curvy/fat/thick/obese/round person eats, the public says, “I think you’ve had enough” “Going back for seconds so soon?” “You should stick to salads” “You’re eating makes me want to vomit” “Don’t you care about your health at all?” And last but certainly not the least: “Are you gonna really eat all of that?” I remember one time I was going for seconds and my ex eyed me from across the room. “Wow, you haven’t had enough yet?” He said, “I’m just worried about your weight.” I stuffed more food into my mouth just to make a point.
Your masked “concern” has never, ever made a person lose weight. Instead it makes them feel bad about themselves, their bodies, creates a binge/closet eater, fuels Eating Disorders.
Y’all would be so surprised how many straight size and plus size people have borderline to full blown eating disorders. Men and women alike. We are very good at hiding things.
But, I’m not hiding anymore. I love food. I’m going to enjoy food. I’m going to nourish my body without shame. And, I encourage you to do so, too.
What’s your take on food-shaming? Have you ever been food shamed? Why is one kind of person eating deemed empowering while the other deemed disgusting?
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