A 'very slim' woman bragged about her lunch and got roasted
Browsing a blog about parenting, it may be odd to see a post smugly grandstanding about how 'slim' they are and how eating avocado toast or some absurd meal has made it that way. A mom blog, certainly, doesn't seem to be the hottest place to be fat shaming or suggesting that you're 'very slim' and inviting envy.
The movement of fat acceptance has taken over the internet, so people like Gwyneth Paltrow and the person behind this post are going up against something of an unstoppable force. Plus, it's not clear that eating healthy will even make you slim all the time. Genetics play a big uncontrollable part in metabolism and weight. Healthy food, also, to many, appears classist, as organic food and other liberal privileges are often cut off from the masses by price and cost.
To be fair, the advice isn't bad - chicken and salad is pretty good. But not all the time! I, like many, enjoy my Popeye's.
So the 'very slim person' part is pretty smug, and is sure to upset people. She's doing this most likely to feel good about herself, not to help others. But honestly? Is this really that upsetting? Yeah, it's corny but it's not an attack. It's not important. Like, I realize I'm mansplaining right now, as is inevitable regardless of what I say here, but where's the story here? Don't petty micro aggressions like these occur a thousand times a day?
If healthy food is triggering, what isn't triggering? The answer? Nothing. Everything is problematic. Cool.
The denizens of Mumset took to the forum to express their distaste at the post:
"This thread title sounds horrendously smug."
"Gosh that's interesting."
"Thank you OP. I won't have to eat until this evening either. This thread'll keep me going all afternoon."
"I have a fanstastic arse and I ate leftover takeaway curry for breakfast. I also have pretty banging eyebrows."
"I've had half a mug of tea, do I win?"
One poster said:
"What a fairly fat person is having for lunch - half an avocado and a scrambled egg in a half a wholemeal tortilla. I couldn't eat all that fruit. Too much sugar for me. I also won't eat anything till dinner time. Never eat between meals. Still quite fat."
True, eating healthy so often doesn't work like magic. Fatness is often out of people's control, so posts like this tend to reveal the truth that the fitness-craze lifestyle doesn't work for all bodies.
The original poster, seeing all the backlash, felt guilty or shamed and tried to save face:
What do you think? Was the pile-on worth the pain? I don't know, man, everyone's always looking for a symbol of the 'wrong worldview' to make a burning pyre out of. Does any of this actually move people forward? I would contend that social media itself is far worse for mental health than the individual fat shaming or micro aggression that occurs on social media.
Remember, folks, the medium is the message. That is evergreen.