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I long to be skinny. I actually was for about five minutes back in my youth. Of course that's with living on a treadmill and subsiding on a diet of celery and vodka. (No bloody mary, just the booze).

I've always been envious of those that were born that way. They get to always wear nice clothes, they can eat anything, life is perfect.

That thought process, that skinny people have it all, is so engrained in our cultural psyche we have no qualms in shaming or acknowledging that skinny people have problems too.

Everybody's got their something.

Redditor u/The_WereArcticFox wanted to about all the drama that comes from being skinny by asking:

What are some skinny people problems?

Skinny is not necessarily healthy. Some people don't believe it. But being underweight is an issue. And skinny people struggle. Let's see how...

Safety Issues

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"Sometimes in roller coasters you don't feel super secure in the harness or seat belt."

- naners76

Through the Flesh

"You can see my heartbeat through my skin and it creeps people out."

- squeemlish

"I had this as well. When I was at high school I was very active. So I think I had quite a strong heartbeat and a skinny frame/chest. You would see the left side of my chest pulsing. Now a decade on I don't have it. But if I get anxious you'll see my shirt bouncing around a little from my heartbeat."

- nzChillax

Fisticuffs...

"If you're a guy and skinny you're not respected as much because you're small. The laws of nature still apply and men only respect men they think could take them in a physical fight."

- SaberX91

"As a former skinny guy who didn't like getting into fights, every skinny guy I knew in high school was either like me and avoided confrontation or was extremely ferocious when it came to fighting because without the weight/strength you had to make up for it with sheer power of will and ferocity lol."

- TheCowzgomooz

Meow Fail

"When a cat sits on your lap their feet slip through the gap between your thighs. This often makes them sink their claws in to steady themselves."

- biscuitboy89

"Hahahah! Yes. My cat wait until I put the blanket on my lap so it's like a kitty hammock. The other one sits either on the arm of the chair or on the back of the couch so he can fuss with my hair."

- hyperfat

Holes

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"Putting extra holes into belts."

- New_Satisfaction2566

"Having to invest in a leather hole punch and awl to get clean belt holes."

- vale_fallacia

Ok, well so far, those aren't dire problems. Like, a belt loop issue is not life threatening. But that cat thing can be painful when they fall. Who else can empathize?

Not Cute

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"People are sensitive about making fat jokes, they don't give a crap about skinny jokes."

- thatkmart

I Fit!

"We fit everywhere. As a construction worker it sucks."

- ItsaMehlhorn

"Lmao this. I'm always the guy to crawl into, under, over, oh just stick your entire arm in this confined space and get your skinny wrists through this hole and then grab the thing (the freaking thing!) I like being helpful but damn you get into some nasty spaces."

- BlackWalrusYeets

Jagged...

"Leaning your head on my shoulder probably feels like leaning on a jagged rock. Reminder for you all to consume more calcium so your skeleton doesn't try to escape. This is a message brought to you buy r/Neverbrokeabone."

- derpado514

"Haha, this is like hugging my skinny mother. I want quality hugging time with her but oh, so bony. I will add here that her skinny person problem was finding gogo boots that fit to her thin calves when those were the style; she and my grandmother had to hunt the entire city but did finally find some elasticized ones!"

- AggressiveRedPanda

Anna...

"Once in HS my friends decided to nickname me "Anna", as in "anorexic". I didn't have anorexia, so they seemed to think it was funny and ok. After a few days I made up some bullcrap about knowing a girl who died from it and said they were being disrespectful."

"They saw through my lie immediately. So I said "if I made that up, it should tell you how much I hate the nickname." They told me to get over it. So I said "ok fine. Call me Anna. But I'm calling you 'fat-ar*e' and you 'chunky thighs' is that ok?" They got the message then."

- OraDr8

Bumped

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"Bumping into anything hurts ten time worse, bone doesn't cushion at all."

- arrow100605

I guess having a little cushion isn't the worst thing? Though having too much cushion is a problem. But let's all just love ourselves regardless. And remember the focus should always be... health first.

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Life is hard. It's a miracle to make it through with some semblance of sanity. We are all plagued by grief and trauma. More and more people of all backgrounds are opening up about personal trauma and its origins. Finally! For far too long we've been too silent on this topic. And with so many people unable to afford mental health care, the outcomes can be damaging.

All of our childhoods have ups and downs and memories that can play out like nightmares. We carry that, or it follows us and the first step in recovery is talking about it. So who feels strong enough to speak?

Redditor u/nthn_thms wanted to see who was willing to share about things they'd probably rather forget, by asking:

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Being single can be fun. In fact, in this time of COVID, being single can save lives. But the heart is a fickle creature.

And being alone can really suck in times of turmoil. None of us are perfect and it feels like that's all anyone is looking for... perfect.

Now that doesn't mean that all of us are making it difficult to partner up. Sure, some people are too picky and mean-spirited, but some of the rest of us are crazy and too much to handle. So one has to be sure.

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Whether you're an at home parent, a college student just leaving the nest, or a Food Network junkie, there are a few basic tips that everyone should know.

Chef's gave us some of their top tips for amateurs and beginner at home cooks that will really make a difference. They are trained professionals with years of experience in the kitchen, so they definitely know what we're all missing.

If you're looking to improve some of your cooking skills and techniques, but you're still learning how to boil water correctly, this list is for you.

Redditor BigBadWolf44 wanted in on the secrets and asked:

"Chefs of Reddit, what's one rule of cooking amateurs need to know?"

Let's learn from the masters!


What a common mistake!

"A lot of the time when people add salt to a dish because they think it tastes flat, what it really needs is an acid like lemon juice or vinegar."

- Vexvertigo

"Instructions unclear I drugged my dinner party guests and now they're high on acid."

- itsyoboi_human

"Yes! Or tomatoes. They're pretty acidic too and go with so many things. Our dinners are so much better once the garden tomatoes are ripe. Or if a dish is too acidic, oil/butter or a little sugar can help add balance to it."

- darkhorse85

"Like tomato and eggs. Every Chinese mom makes those slightly differently and I haven't had a tomato egg dish I didn't like yet."

- random314

"There's a book called 'Salt Fat Acid Heat' that comes highly recommended to amateur cooks."

- Osolemia

"Reading even just the first chapter about salt made a lot of food I cooked immediately better, because I finally understood salt wasn't just that thing that sat on the dinner table that you applied after the meal was cooked."

- VaultBoy42

"Salt is important for sweets. A batch of cookies without that little hint of salt doesn't taste quite right."

- Osolemia

Unfortunately, this tip might not be accessible to everyone. Many people who contracted COVID can no longer use their sense of smell the way they used to.

"Have a friend that lost his smell from COVID, and now he only recognizes if food is salty, sweet, sour or bitter."

- AlphaLaufert99

"Just wait until he gets his sense of smell back and a ton of foods smell like ammonia or literal garbage now. Yeah, that's fun... It's been 7 months for f*cks sake just let me enjoy peanut butter again!!!!!!!!!"

- MirzaAbdullahKhan

You can't take back what you've already put in.

"You can always add, but you cannot take away."

- El_Duende666

"I find people's problems usually are they're too scared to add rather than they add too much."

- FreeReflection25

"I see you also grew up white in the mid-west."

- Snatch_Pastry

Safety first!

"Not really a cooking tip, but a law of the kitchen: A falling knife has no handle."

- wooddog

"I'm always so proud of my reflexes for not kicking in when I fumble a knife."

"If I drop anything else, my stupid hands are all over themselves trying to catch it (and often failing). But with a knife the hardwired automatic reaction is jump back immediately. Fingers out of the way, feet out of the way, everything out of the way. Good lookin out, cerebellum!"

- sonyka

"Speaking of KICKING in. On first full time cooking job I had a knife spin and fall off the counter. My (stupid) reflex was to put my foot under it like a damn hacky sack to keep it from hitting the ground. Went through the shoe, somehow between my toes, into the sole somehow without cutting me. Lessons learned: (1) let it fall; (2) never set a knife down close to the edge or with the handle sticking out; (3) hacky sack is not nearly as cool as it could be."

- AdjNounNumbers

"Similarly, NEVER put out a grease or oil fire with water. Smother with a lid or dump baking soda in there (do not use flour, as it can combust in the air making things worse)."

- Metallic_Substance

How else will you know it tastes good?

"Taste the food."

- OAKRAIDER64

"Also don't be afraid to poke and prod at it. I feel like people think the process is sacred and you can't shape/flip/feel/touch things while you cook them. The more you are hands on, the more control you have."

"No, this does not include situations where you are trying to sear something. Ever try flipping a chicken thigh early? That's how you rip a chunk out of it and leave it glued to the pan until it's burnt."

- Kryzm

Here's one just for laughs.

"When you grab a pair of tongs, click them a few times to make sure they are tongs."

- Kolshdaddy

"People really overlook this one. You've gotta tong the tongs a minimum of 3 times to make sure they tong, or else it can ruin the whole dish."

- BigTimeBobbyB

If you're looking to get into cooking or to improve you technique, pay attention to these few tips.

Salt generously, add an acid to brighten things up, and don't forget to taste your food!

If all else fails, you can always order take out.

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