I can't believe that yesterday I heard Carol Tuttle say, during her live broadcast of the latest DYT Fashion Show that she was streaming on Facebook... that skinny is unhealthy. Before you roll your eyes, hear me out.
Since when does your body type/shape dictate your health? As most women in the US are overweight or obese, I'm sure they get tired of defending their health to people who decide without knowing anything about them, that their body size automatically means they're unhealthy. It's the SAME BULLSHIT PRINCIPLE being applied to my body too.
Can you imagine how many people would have lost their shit if she said, "Being fat isn't healthy"?
"Skinny" isn't even a medical term that has been defined. Because it's not that important when determining your health, as decided by, you know ACTUAL DOCTORS. Since when does Carol Tuttle have an MD?
So obviously skinny isn't even a real term that can be defined in any way that actual pertains to your medical health. And I've rarely had an actual doctor have any questions or comments on my thinness, by the way. Female nurses, yes. It's always women who take issue with my body type. But none of them who've actually graduated from medical school, I've noticed.
You can see from my photo, which is completely untouched, unfiltered, taken in a hotel room (biore pore strip and all) that I am what a lot of women would consider skinny. But am I "unhealthy" because of it? Hardly. I mean, you can clearly see my (admittedly much softer from the winter) abdominal muscles in this grainy photo with terrible lighting. Obviously I am strong. I do heavy weight-lifting. I run marathons for FUN. I have a lot of energy in spite of 4 children, a 21-year-old brother I'm supporting, and a shit head husband to wear me down. I love food. And I can prove it, because I have a healthy, normal body fat percentage (it's in the athletic/fit range of 19%, but that is very much in the range of normal and healthy. Female body builders are around 11%).
But I am a size 00. A size that people literally protest. A size that some designers have made a point of no longer carrying, as a political statement. My natural body shape and size is one that people literally wish didn't even exist. That they want people to not even create clothing for. People take my body size THAT personally for some reason. And they use "health" as their bullshit reason, but we know it's not about that. It's about resentment over a beauty standard that isn't inclusive of all body types. But it's easier to lash out at me and all the other "skinny bitches".
I'm short. I come from an ethnic group that tends to be smaller overall, and have a smaller bone structure. I sometimes wear a size Medium in Asian sizes. I am not "skinny" there, or even short. I am very much the average in a continent with billions of people. I am really unnoticeably normal in my body size/shape.
Are we ALL unhealthy? I doubt it.
Could it be that maybe, just maybe, Carol Tuttle needs to get over her jealousy issues she has with models and thin women in general? If you've read her book(s), you can see how much resentment she has for women who are thin, because she couldn't attain that same level of thinness, and how it damaged her self-esteem. I get it, the beauty standard sucks, but it doesn't suck because models are thin; it sucks because it promotes ONLY thinness as beautiful. But, it seems that in her anger over the current beauty standards, Carol has taken to attacking thin women in general as "unhealthy".
Yes, some thin women are unhealthy and do/did unhealthy things to achieve their thinness. But why are we assuming that eating disorders are the norm? They're not for the super majority of women.
There are also women who are average or overweight who are also healthy. And some that are not.
The thing is, your body type is largely influenced by genetics and dietary choices. But for a lot of women, even if their dietary choices are balanced and healthy, are not going to be thin. Just like how I am never going to be 6 feet tall and blonde with big boobs. And I felt for a long time that I was less beautiful because of that, just like how Carol felt that she was less beautiful because she didn't have a body like Twiggy.
But the difference here is I'm not bashing women who are tall busty blondes. They're still beautiful too. Why should I tear them down? Some women are just going to naturally fit the current beauty standards better than others, but I am not going to tear down other women because I'm insecure about myself, or jealous that it's easy for them to be "pretty".
Why is Carol shaming women like me for having a different body type? Why is she saying that a 5'3" small-framed marathon runner isn't healthy JUST BECAUSE SHE'S SKINNY? And that ALL WOMEN WHO ARE SKINNY ARE UNHEALTHY? Women only tear down other women when they feel inadequate about themselves. And I've found that they often criticize in others what they see as their own shortcoming. And we know that models and thinness is Carol's sore spot because she couldn't ever be that thin because it wasn't in her genes. She is projecting her self-hatred about her body onto others still, which is sad because of how old she is now. She has had plenty of time to get the fuck over it.
Health comes in a lot of different body shapes and sizes and weights. You can't look at someone's pants size and determine if they're healthy or not.
So, with all due respect Carol, shut the fuck up.