You know what really angers me? When my friends use the word "anorexic" to mean "someone thin".
OK, so the person thinner than you must automatically have an eating disorder?! It's ridiculous and I find it really offensive, and I've expressly asked them not to do it in my presence because it actually makes me angry. Funny thing is it's my two fattest friends who do that - "size 10/ 12s" but in reality a 12 and 16
- I sure as hell wouldn't describe them as "lazy, out-of-control bingers" or whatever fat stereotypes exist.
And let's be honest. I know very few people who eat well and exercise a reasonable amount. Of those people, they're all slim*. I know unhealthy people who are thin, but they're not all like that, unlike fat people.
* the only exception is one girl who seems to have real problems with portion control - good food but too much of it - there's a limit to how much exercise can achieve, love.
(Original post by Mayfly)
It's entirely possible to not have anorexia (a serious and defined mental disorder) and still be too thin.
Thin people can be unhealthy - some people have low weights because they're malnourished or they are poor at recognising hunger, like fat people, and so they undereat.
But the "too thin" argument always baffles me. "Too thin"...for what? To enter a fattest person contest? If you still have periods, get your 5 a day and all the vitamins etc. and keep your heart healthy, then what exactly are you too thin for? Some else's idea of a "real woman"?
You've got to at least admit that most people use "fat" as a judgement of aesthetics, not looks. Someone is "too fat" because they look like they have too much fat/mass(or both) on them to be attractive to that person, subjectively (with the exception of the morbidly obese). But when someone says "too thin", they are making a judgement about someone's health. It's ironic.