Do you feel pressure to be thin?

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  1. baybpnk profile image69
    baybpnkposted 9 years ago

    Do you feel pressure to be thin?

    Where do you feel this pressure is coming from? Society? Your parents? Your friends? Other family members? Why do you feel as if you have to be thin?
    Due to the immense number of people who have a very poor body image and turn to hurting themselves in some way to accomplish a better body figure, we are trying to change. This would be why people are trying to push the “real” women and men campaign, to help people with poor body image realize that it IS a bad thing to have such a bad image of yourself, and to also funnel future generations out of that path to self harm and poor body image.

  2. Josh Makaveli profile image41
    Josh Makaveliposted 9 years ago

    Well if you talk about girls then its considered to be a beauty however if it is subjected to men then its an issue. The pressure can come from society, parents, friends and family (all of them). They always pressurize a thin man to get some meat on his body because men seem to be handsome and good looking for their body not their features.
    Ofcourse poor body gives bad image of yourself and you never feel confident or you cannot impress anyone.

    1. baybpnk profile image69
      baybpnkposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I'm sorry, did you just say if you have a bigger body as a women then you do have a poor self image and you should have a poor self image because you can't impress anyone with how you look?

    2. Josh Makaveli profile image41
      Josh Makaveliposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      bigger body is not an issue for women however being fat is definitely a problem for women. Being a man I like slim and smart girls but if a girl has a bigger body then ofcourse her every body part would be bigger and such things inspire men

    3. baybpnk profile image69
      baybpnkposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Do you really think a fat woman has poor body image? I'm confused at what you are trying to say. Other peoples bodies are none of your business, though. You can like what you like, but don't impose your likes on every woman.

    4. Josh Makaveli profile image41
      Josh Makaveliposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      yes this is exactly what i am saying that a fat women has a poor body image even a fat man has a poor body image. Its common sense dear :p

    5. baybpnk profile image69
      baybpnkposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You know what? That is a completely ignorant statement. It does NOT mean you have a poor body image. Shame on you for thinking that, sir.

    6. Josh Makaveli profile image41
      Josh Makaveliposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      You know what? You are just being offended and nothing can help you. But I have a suggestion that if you don't think that fat body has a poor image then go on ask this as an individual question and you will know.

    7. baybpnk profile image69
      baybpnkposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      MAYBE you should realize that YOU are talking to a fat woman. I don't have poor body image, why? Because I don't care what people like you have to say. Keep your skinny, I'm fabulous.

    8. Josh Makaveli profile image41
      Josh Makaveliposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Oh i that is why you got offended
      well if you think being fat gives good image and you are fabulous then i am happy for you
      and i am sorry if i hurt you

    9. baybpnk profile image69
      baybpnkposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      No, you aren't sorry. People like you are never sorry. I also don't care if you really are sorry or not. Just know your opinion is actually an ignorant opinion to have and you degrade the fat person with that sort of thinking.

    10. Amanda108 profile image88
      Amanda108posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      This Josh guy is an idiot. Don't listen to him, anyone. How dare anyone, especially someone who has never experienced life as a woman, declare how women of any body type should or shouldn't feel or act or be.

  3. Wesman Todd Shaw profile image83
    Wesman Todd Shawposted 9 years ago

    My entire life I have felt pressure to GAIN WEIGHT for being TOO THIN.  There literally nothing I can do to gain weight other than lift weights.  I look at myself in pictures and I'm forever looking somewhat ill to my way of thinking for being WAY too thin.

    Being thin isn't all it's cracked up to be.

    1. baybpnk profile image69
      baybpnkposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Don't let other peoples views get to you. It's your body, love it no matter what. TOO skinny, TOO fat, TOO ugly. Our society is full of idiots. People like this Josh person who think perfect is attainable. Are you healthy? Then it's all good.

  4. baybpnk profile image69
    baybpnkposted 9 years ago

    Josh Makaveli,
    Refer to my hub: … on-is-Best

    And maybe you will understand WHY other peoples bodies are none of your business. You have no idea what it takes to be a confident person if you think that it depends on how big your body is. I know things are different over there in California, but listen bud: Skinny is not always best. Eating disorders are not normal or healthy. And lastly, FAT is not a bad word, a bad thing to be, and it doesn't mean you are an unhealthy person.

  5. Amanda108 profile image88
    Amanda108posted 9 years ago

    I feel a genuine desire to get fit as in exercise (and as we all SHOULD know, being fit doesn't equal being skinny any more than being fat doesn't automatically equal an unhealthy person), but the issue of "thin" is a very messy one for me! I don't actually WANT to be thin! I'm fine with having more weight than is deemed "acceptable" by society. For one thing, I consider food one of life's greatest pleasures and I don't believe in denying myself the ability to eat chocolate or french fries, such a simple but lovely thing. I'm always going to indulge in food, so I'll never properly diet. I eat plenty of fruit and veggies, but I also eat things that are just plain TASTY. :-)

    So you see, my genuine desires have nothing to do with being skinny. Which just makes it upsetting to answer your question, yes, I do feel *pressure* to be thin. Society wants something for me that I don't care about for myself. It's a sad thing. Thankfully my friends and parents don't care!

    Nice question!

    1. baybpnk profile image69
      baybpnkposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      YES! I love food too, but I'm also comfortable in my skin. Very comfortable and confident.

  6. wychic profile image80
    wychicposted 9 years ago

    I used to, but then I decided to stop listening. People can't pressure someone who isn't paying attention. Some of it was from others -- i.e. family members thinking I'd be healthier if I lost weight, friends saying I'm pretty but I'd be gorgeous if I lost weight, etc. -- but I think most of it was from myself. I finally decided to stop getting wrapped up about it, and couldn't say what my weight is now since I haven't checked it in three years. Instead, I've focused on being fit and healthy regardless of size. I'm not huge, but my size 12 jeans are still considered "plus size" to the fashion crowd, and I think my saggy belly (veteran of three child-bearings) will never fit in with "beautiful" again. So I just decided that society is wrong, and as long as I know I'm doing what's best for me then that'll be the end of it in my mind smile

    1. baybpnk profile image69
      baybpnkposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Good for you! Great answer and I'm glad you changed how you saw "beautiful."

  7. marieryan profile image74
    marieryanposted 9 years ago

    I am worried about my daughters. One particularly feels pressurised to be thin. This has turned into a major issue for her, so much so she has left her job in order to concentrate on dieting. I think she is too pressurised by society. Perhaps we could say that is HER problem for being so sensitive,,,but that is how it is,

  8. mikejhca profile image93
    mikejhcaposted 9 years ago

    I feel some pressure to be thin as in lean. It comes from seeing people with great bodies like movie stars, celebrities, models and athletes. However mostly I just want to look good, feel good and be healthy. Some of the people I know keep telling me I eat too much. So I feel pressured to eat less. However I know I eat a lot because I burn a lot of calories. The people that tell me I eat too much don't burn very many calories.

    I also feel pressure to become fatter. Being lean and at a good weight means I am skinnier than a lot of people. So some of the people I know think I should put on some fat. I am being pressured to eat less and gain fat by people I know. So basically people think I should exercise less so I become more like them.

    Personally I think people should try to be in good shape. Being too thin or having too much fat is bad for your health. Future generations might be unhealthier if they think it is okay to let themselves go. In fact there are lots of unhealthy children now. The real women and real men campaign could have negative consequences since a lot people don't take good care of themselves.


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