Nothing tastes as good as thin (or, according to Jillian Michaels, lean,) feels.
Most. Alienating. Statement. Ever.
Probably because I’ve never been thin. I’ve tried. I’ve wanted to be. I’ve thought there was a thin girl under all this flab just waiting to break on out but it turns out I was internalizing fat-phobia shoved on me through, well, everywhere. But this statement, that nothing tastes as good as thin feels, gives you hope when you’re dieting. Because you miss all that yummy, sinful food.
And you’re thinking, I don’t know if this is worth it, denying myself of an enjoyable relationship with food. Dieting has always been depressing for me in that way. You do this, and you have to stick with it for a LONG time. And diet culture just acts like it’s not important to enjoy your food. But it’s important to me.
But I’d like to examine the assumption that being thin is, like, the BEST. FEELING. EVER. I’ve never been thin, so maybe I can’t talk. But I’ve met a lot of thin people, and their lives are not perfect. They still have plenty of problems.
Heck, a lot of them still diet because they think they are fat. Their health is not universally perfect. Not all thin people have lovers, clear skin, and perfect lives. So what is it about being thin that’s OH MY GOD SO GREAT as opposed to just another body type? I can see how it would be nice to skip out on the discrimination and the fat-phobia.
It’d be nice to go to a Dr’s office and not automatically have the OHMYGODYOUHAVEDIABETES fear mongering session, only to do the test and find out, to their surprise but not mine, that I don’t have diabetes. And I wouldn’t feel alienated by statements like this one. Thin is held up on a pedestal. It’s worshipped. People who aren’t thin are seen as disgusting and shameful (unless they constantly torture themselves to become thin.) And it’s not like it’s easy, or even attainable for many people.
Diets fail 98 percent of the time. Long term success is a fluke. Practically a freak occurrence. Even weight loss surgery isn’t the cure-all it’s advertised as. It ruins your health, even if it helps you lose weight. Newsflash: surgically mutilating your organs is not healthy for you.
Oh wait, what’s that? Yeah, that’s right. Fat is not mutually exclusive with heath. This attitude, this ‘nothing is better than being THIN’ and ‘THINNESS CURES EVERYTHING’ attitude, is damaging, because it alienates those of us who have never, do not, and/or will not ever fit into the picture.
It’s fat shaming. Thin is the only way to go! It’s also a pro-ana statement, which is why it makes me laugh when people claiming to be in it for the health of it, like Jillian Michaels, repeat it. Of course, it’s hard to believe that people buy into her particular brand of ‘health,’ what with her promoting eating disordered behavior on TBL and selling diet pills.
It makes sense, though. ‘Nothing tastes as good as thin feels.’ NOTHING. That means you should get there at all costs. Including sacrificing your health.