Friday, February 19, 2016

Skinny Myths

After the enormous response to the Places You Don't See Fat People post, the only natural response is a post about Places You Don't See Skinny People, which I realized is mostly non-existent. So instead, here are Top 5 Skinny Person Myths, based on a survey taken amongst tens of people.


1.  Skinny People Never Eat.
I am here to tell you that I know several skinny people that eat like it is their last meal everyday.  And not healthy food either -- but like movie popcorn with M&M's thrown in, three-meat pizza, and bags of chips.  But I also know skinny people (which will be abbreviated SP from here on out) that eat a whole three-inch piece of celery with fat free cream cheese and "are totally full."  Uh huh.  Note to SP:  you are not fooling anyone.  We know you stay hungry 18  hours a day to be a size zero.
2.  Skinny People Can Wear Anything.
Although an interesting thought, I do have a problem with this.  Sure, it's easier to find clothes in the warehouse-size collection of size 0-10 or 12 in most department stores just because of the sheer volume of choices.  But there are definitely some clothing choices that need some curves to fill them out, and to have curves there has to be either muscle or fat.  So being stick-thin is not always a plus.
3.  Skinny People Never Have Problems Finding a Relationship.
This is a myth that needs to be shattered wide open!  Why do you think there is such a proliferation of dating websites?  I'll tell you why -- because people of all weights want some love, or at least a relationship.  A quick Google search revealed several skinny-only sites, like skinnypassion.com, slenderdating.com, and skinnydating.com.  (Note:  not an endorsement of these sites or any dating website.) So this myth is truly a myth, not only because it's true but because the relationship-finding business is a big one.  I seriously don't think a person's weight has anything to do with their ability to be in a rewarding relationship.  Sure, a person can be really, really Derek Zoolander good looking, but there has to be some substance in the personality for it to last.
4.  Skinny People Are Better At Sports/Exercise/Anything Gym Related
Again, I'm not really sure where this came from, because it's been my experience that any skill sports-related usually is a result of practice, practice, practice. I do have two caveats to this, however:  it is phenomenally easier to do some exercises without a fifteen-plus pounds of fat in the way.  That's a given.  And activewear looks better on skinny people, just because they have some kind of cosmic connection with Spandex and, honestly,  rolls of fat are not going to be back in style until people start appreciating Botticelli and the Baroque Era a little more. But as far as actually being more skilled, no.
5.  Skinny People are Not Nice.
This is thankfully a myth!  I know lots of skinny people that are super nice and fun to be around.  Of course, they never want to eat, but that's beside the point. :)  I think that there are a few SP that are critical of non-SP because the non-SPs have too much body fat for the SP's personal preference.  I think that these few give the whole group of SP a bad reputation. 


So there you go!  Myths = busted.  What did I leave out that you think is a total myth?  (Or total truth?)