It’s impossible to know what kind of perception someone has of their own body image. My co-workers who complimented my extreme weight loss back when I was anorexic were really just reinforcing the disease and giving me excuses to not worry about what was happening. I think if we are to break out of our weight-obsessed culture and move towards something where people are valued for who they are and not what they weigh, one of the 1st places to start is with our own perceptions and ideas with how we perceive our fellow humans.
Is it really appropriate or even friendly to make random comments on someone’s body, regardless of how short, tall, fat, or thin they are? Without context, like my estranged ex-girlfriend excitedly telling me how healthy I now look, the only conclusion I have is No, it’s neither appropriate nor friendly, because despite how frequently and casually body image and weight get discussed, it remains a deeply personal subject for many people.
Excerpt from ‘Hey, Skinny!’, one of my favorite posts from last year. You can read the full post here.
I’ll put up a few more to keep the positivity flowing for ED Awareness Week!