Calling someone skinny is just as bad as calling someone fat, and neither are acceptable. Yet for some reason, our society seems to deem calling someone "too skinny" an okay thing to do.
If you went up to someone and called them "fat", that would be seen as wrong (which it is), but if you went up to someone and called them skinny, people seem to think it's okay? Both "fat" and "skinny" are negative body images and can really hurt someone's confidence.
When I was about 9, I had something you have probably heard of called pneumonia. Today, I still can't believe how lucky I am to be standing here perfectly healthy. This was a difficult time for me and I lost a lot of weight, on a serious level that meant I was an extremely dangerous weight for my health. Now, I have managed to get to a healthy weight and feel very grateful, however people still call me "too skinny". I don't take this well because I know how serious being an unhealthy weight can be, and I managed to get through and have maintained a healthy weight since.
I have been called skinny in the past by friends as a compliment, although I understand that they don't mean it, personally I think this is wrong. Skinny isn't a compliment, and shouldn't be used as an insult either. Calling someone too skinny or even just saying that they are skinny can really be taken the wrong way and I think people need to learn not to comment on someone's weight like this. Whether someone is calling someone fat, skinny, or anything negative about their weight, it is still the same and it is still wrong.
It is important to remember your body is yours and not anyone else's. If you are happy with it, it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. At the end of the day, if you know your healthy then that proves how little the person insulting you knows. Normally, people who feel the need to comment on others weight are just insecure about themselves. Although it isn't nice, you just need to rise above it.
Everyone in beautiful no matter how much they weigh and I think that everyone, especially teenagers, needs to embrace spreading body positivity. Although it is important to take care of your body, healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Weighing more or less has nothing to do with it.
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