Supermodel Kate Moss hit the headlines recently for saying “nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”. Lots of people were upset and outraged because her comment was deemed irresponsible as she’s a role model for young girls. While I fully support supermodels’ right to say what they believe and let the world judge them accordingly, critics may have had a point given the quote instantly appeared on pro-anorexia websites. My first thought when I heard it wasn’t so socially responsible. I immediately thought “you’ve never had my roast potatoes then, Kate”. Because for the average woman who doesn’t make a living being thin, the opposite of what Kate claims is true. Lots of things taste better than skinny feels! Cake, dammit! A hot dog with the works. Four samosas. A whole baked camembert with warm crusty bread. Christmas pudding and custard. AppleÂ cinnamonÂ donuts. A reuben with six pickles on the side. That’s rather the point. If being skinny felt better than a whole packet of chocolate chip cookies, then dieting wouldn’t be the universal pain in the ass that it is.
I speak with some authority about what tastes better than skinny feels, because I used to be dangerously underweight. In my early 30s now, I’m happy to be “skinny with curves” and too much flab around the belly that some exercise would correct if I found the time, but up until my mid-twenties I was far too thin. Aged 16 I was so skinny I couldn’t get a boyfriend. There is such a thing as ‘too thin’ and my health suffered greatly until I started to eat properly.
Skinniness is as much about genetics as diet. Some people will never be shaped like Kate Moss unless they are starved, just like I’ll never be extremely fat unless I eat nothing but fries for the rest of my life. Being fit and healthy should be the ambition, and you can carry a little extra weight and still be healthy. Either end of the scale, too thin or too fat, are not good for you, but Ms Moss doesn’t seem to appreciate that without the money, fame, adoration and perks of being a supermodel, being skinny doesn’t particularly feel better than eating freely.
Do you fight with your own willpower when it comes to ‘tasty’ versus ‘want to be thinner’, or are you happy in your skin?
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