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...
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"Sometimes in roller coasters you don't feel super secure in the harness or seat belt."
Through the Flesh
"You can see my heartbeat through my skin and it creeps people out."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
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"Putting extra holes into belts."
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?
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"People are sensitive about making fat jokes, they don't give a crap about skinny jokes."
"We fit everywhere. As a construction worker it sucks."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"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."
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"Bumping into anything hurts ten time worse, bone doesn't cushion at all."
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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