I’ve been noticing an amount of search queries on my site that contain the phrases “get skinny,” “skinny models,” “what exercise can I do to get skinny.” I want to sincerely welcome all of you who typed such queries.
So, why do you want to be “skinny*”?
Will it make you beautiful, popular, safe, in control, happy? Can you not be/have those things the way you are right now? Why?
Are you starving, eating in secret, binging, purging, exercising all hours of the day, constantly weighing yourself? Is getting skinny an absolutely must for you? Is getting skinny your sole focus?
There will be things you may have to give up in return for this goal; you know that, right? Things like living your life to the fullest, your health, or perhaps even your life. That’s a high price to pay for obtaining super skinniness, isn’t it? And I truly don’t believe it’s worth it.
What do you think about changing this goal of being skinny? How about surrounding yourself with people who love and support you? How about learning to love and care for your body? How about learning to eat healthy and whole? How about exercising for fun and health? How about enjoying and living life to the fullest?
Maybe there’s something deeper than this goal of getting skinny? Maybe there’s a chance you’re suffering from an eating disorder? Could you consider seeking professionals who have the knowledge and compassion to help you work through the hurt and pain that’s deep inside you? Having an eating disorder doesn’t mean you’re a bad or strange person. That’s completely false! Choosing to recover from an eating disorder means the giving yourself the opportunity to become a healthier and freer you.
What do you think?
How about not making skinny your goal?
How about changing that goal from getting skinny to being healthy?
Eating disorders support
Links to help you find information and support
ANAD – National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
National Eating Disorders Association – education, resources, and support
Overeaters Anonymous – 12-step recovery program from compulsive overeating using
Pale Reflections – an online support community for those with eating disorders
Radiant Recovery – Program to help heal sugar addictions
Something Fishy – raising awareness and supporting those with eating disorders and their families
*Yes, the term “skinny” is also used without the intention of implying anything negative (i.e., really meaning svelte, sexy, and fit). I can understand this. This post was in response to those who are intent at getting skinny (i.e., really low body weight) at all costs. If the motivation to lose weight is simply to get really skinny, there may be deeper issues at stake, and the individual needs careful attention by a professional counselor so that recovery can take place.