Tuesday, 01 November 2011
Fact: I'm a small person. I'm 5'2" on a good day, and weigh around 100 pounds. I'm definitely thin, but I'm proportionate; I mean, small is small. But for my entire life, I've endured comments from people saying I'm too thin.
"Oh my god, you're so thin! You must not like food, right?"
"We gotta get some meat on your bones!"
It even went so far as a camp counselor of mine thinking I was anorexic a few years ago.
I'm NOT, and it bothered me that she thought I was because I ate every single meal with her every day. But because I'm thin, it automatically means that I must have an eating disorder, right? What people don't realize is that it doesn't take much food to sustain me. Small body, small appetite. You do the math. I'm not on a diet. I love food, and am not even a little bit picky.
Because of this, my weight is a really sensitive issue with me. I know I'm fine, and my doctors have never said anything about my weight being abnormal. I'm healthy. Yet whenever my weight or eating habits are mentioned, my temper flares up and I get really defensive. Of course, this makes it seem like there is something wrong with me. I just hate getting hated on and judged for something I have no control over.
Look! I eat pie!
Does anyone get this too? How do you deal with it?