We Have To Stop The Shaming Immediately
I’ve always been the girl that loved eating healthy. I grew up in a house that either cooked healthy meals at home, or dined out at places that weren’t over-the-top terrible for you. I still have yet to set foot in a KFC, I never fry my food, and I was always good about packing a balanced lunch every day from grade school until now.
What it interesting to me, is that I was constantly marked as some sort of weirdo for always wanting to choose the healthier options amongst some of my peers. If I were seen eating a fruit strip or ordering “the healthier option” on a menu, I’d be questioned as to why I was always eating so incredibly healthy.
Eating healthy does wonders for your waistline. Filling up on vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins helps keep you full and keeps your weight reasonable if you keep your calories in check. Combining exercise with healthy fuel will only enhance this. This information isn’t new- I always found it funny when I’d be questioned about why I wasn’t eating the same fried platter of garbage and then complimented for my physique.
Yes, some people do have wicked metabolisms and can eat what ever they want without gaining a pound, but that isn’t the case for the majority of the population. Working hard on your diet plays well for your figure, and I know that.
Not only does eating healthy help you look good, but you’ll feel good as well. I’ve frequently been asked why I don’t eat gluten and why I don’t eat other various things, and you know why? Because I don’t feel great when I do. It messes with my skin, my head, and I feel sluggish for the remainder of the day. Obviously, if you’re used to eating poorly, you have no idea what it feels like to have some nutrients in your body. Whatever. But calling someone out on eating better to feel better just isn’t cool.
It’s My Business
What I really don’t understand is why someone would ever be judged for choosing to live a healthier lifestyle. What someone else does shouldn’t concern you unless it’s detrimental to their health. Obviously, choosing the healthier side of life should never be taunted.
There’s a term called “fit-shaming” that has been spread amongst the fitness community that shares the same idea. It basically means that people make fun of those that dedicate a good portion of their time to the gym. They mock them for always working out, assume that their diet is nothing but kale and protein shakes, and behave as if being active is an unhealthy habit. There’s a picture I Googled recently of an overweight woman picking fun at a fit mom’s pose with her children. Now, this mom had a six-pack, and three kids. This other lady had cats in her picture. CATS. It’s really confusing that in a society that has become ultra-sensitive about fat shaming and becoming more accepting of all body types, that this even exists.
Luckily as I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed “diet-shaming” less than I did in grade school, but it’s still out there. The presence of diet shaming only makes the shift into healthier lifestyles and the movement towards a healthier community more challenging.
One third of the population, according to the CDC, is considered to be obese. This means more cases of possible heart disease, diabetes, and other medical conditions that stem off of unfavorable lifestyle choices. This proves that NO ONE has the right to ever bash someone for picking a more nutritious option.
Making someone feel like eating a plate of grilled chicken with broccoli is worse than choosing the “signature item” at a restaurant is the worst influence someone can have on a person. So let us healthy people eat our lettuce, feel like a boss, and look sexy doing it.