Skinny People Problems (That Nobody Thinks About!)

1. Shaving.

Shaving around your knobby knees and ankles and hollow armpits is NOT easy! You have to focus really hard to shave around the sharp edges. Also, you're even hairier than the average person because instead of fat for body heat your body just grows more hair!

2. Unnecessary comments people think are acceptable.

"Do you even eat?"

"When you turn to the side you disappear!"

"Real women have curves"

"Skinny shaming isn't a thing, get over it"

"How could you possibly be self-conscious?!"

"Most girls wish they looked like you"

"...but you're skinny"

"You should gain weight"

"Skinny bitch"

"Enjoy your rabbit food"

"Oh my god!! Your wrist is so small!!"

"Why are you at the gym?"

"Omg, I can see your ribs!"

"She's one of those girls who just...like, doesn't eat."

"her head looks bigger than her body"

3. Self-Consciousness.

Knowing that your spine sticks out of your shirt when you bend over. Feeling like everyone is looking at your legs when you walk down the street. Comments like 'only dogs like bones' and 'thigh gaps are disgusting' do not help. Feeling watched while you eat because it's so 'strange'

Why is it ok to be skinny shamed but not ok to be fat-shamed? But nobody takes you seriously anyway.

Also, not feeling like a real woman because you don't have curves or boobs or ass? That sucks. Being in a bikini or a dress is the worst.

3. Body Pains.

First of all, sitting is hard. Uncushioned chairs hurt your butt bone. Sit-ups hurt your spine. Laying on the hard ground is the worst. Sometimes you even get bruising.

Secondly, always being cold. Especially hands and feet, they are always freezing. People grab your hands, like "Oh my gosh your hands are freezing!!"

Thirdly, your legs fall asleep way easier for some reason. If you forget to switch which leg is crossed over the other in more than 5 minutes, you're done for.

4. Online "Body Positivity."

"body positivity" is NOT:

Nobody likes skinny girls. Nobody likes thigh gaps. Thick thighs are better thighs. Skinny is gross. People who love to eat are the best kind of people! (btw, we probably eat more than you do)

Body positivity is not fat positivity. It is BODY POSITIVITY. ALL body types!!

5. Clothes.

Finding clothes that fit is difficult. Pants are always too short or too baggy around the waist. Plus, most shops don't carry your size anyways. (Do you know how hard it is to find size 000?)

Dresses don't stay up because..no boobs. Pants don't stay up because...no butt.

Finding the right bra is embarrassing..some 10-year-olds have bigger cup sizes than us!! Even shopping in the kids' sections..sometimes the clothes are too big. Or too childish. And it seems a little perverted.

And when you finally find a pair of jeans that fit perfectly, its a miracle!

Watches, bracelets, and bangles will never stay on your wrist. They will fall off your hand or to your elbow. Also having to tie back your shirt because they don't fit.

6. Random Things

- Always sitting in the middle of the car seats.

- Being pushed around in the wind.

- Getting hit playfully hurts because there is no fat to absorb the impact.

- People thinking you're in shape but hell nah.

- Looking like a boy.

- Having no strength. Opening doors is hard!

- Not being able to donate blood.

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  • Why not celebrate all body types? That is my motto. At the same time, we are attracted to what we are attracted to and there are plenty of examples of people being attracted to body types that aren't considered conventionally attractive. It really comes down to how comfortable you are in your own skin and what is truly healthy. If you are so thin or obese that your health suffers, then it becomes a real problem outside of the scope of social acceptance.

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  • Just goes to show, fat, skinny, perfectly curvy enough without being fat - ALL women are body policed. Standard women's clothing is designed to fit only a very narrow range of women. Smaller, skinnier, petite women have just as much trouble as taller, larger women face.

    But quit worrying about bras. Can't find bras you like at a good price? Then fuck it. Don't wear one. I go braless whenever I feel like it. No woman needs to be wrapped in a bra to be acceptable.

    Instead of this being a skinny lady vs. the world, you should feel just as included in the body-pos movement as anyone else. I'm sorry you don't.

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  • Everybody knows it is rude and hurtful to call someone fat, at least to their face. The fact that being thin is considered desirable in popular culture makes it harder for skinny people to call out this form of body shaming or voice their hurt. But body shaming of all types affects the victim’s self worth in the long term.

    The negative attention pervades the everyday and becomes a constant reminder that something is wrong with your appearance.

    Great Job !!!

    Thanks for Sharing.

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  • this is the stuggles of some one with a eating disorder

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  • I love skinny petite girls, so, just know that there are definitely guys out there who would be happy to show you some love.

    Also, as you get older, almost everyone puts on weight. Because you probably won't, you'll increasingly be seen as more and more attractive (even by other women). So, there's that too.

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  • There’s pros and cons to either side, but I’ll happily take being bulky over being skinny. As a guy being heavier is just more useful

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  • why does everyone whine and cry like a baby about their bodies lately? no one gives a shit. just cuz you have platforms to express your thoughts on this doesn't mean you should. people have much bigger issues than that but we as humans continue to focus on shit that doesn't fuckin matter

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  • Very nice take.
    I used to be very thin during my teens and twenties and i can relate to most of these things.

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  • yea... your not going to get any sympathy. in society and life, it is way better to be too skinny. You much more accepted, can find cloth's everywhere, can wear anything, can eat anything, can use any product that has a weight limit, ride any ride with a weight limit.

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  • Now imagine me very skinny and 6Β΄6 tall... i can be Slender Man in a movie

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  • Is opening doors actually hard? Yeah, "only dogs like bones" until cupid hits you like an idiot and then you realize appearance is not important and "type" doesn't actually exist... Nice myTake by the way. :)

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  • Be in touch with yourself, do you want to do, not others. Skinny is not the best look, so relax, be able to enjoy yourself. Life is about enjoyment. Drinking sugar water or not eating for days is no fun so lets have some fun.

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  • www.court-records.net/.../bratworth-crossed(c).gif

    Yep, they're problems alright.

    I guess they're "good" problems to have.

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  • Most of the time I was growing up, I was skinny, and along with it, the general attitude that I was weak, and kind of like a 'girl'. The biggest teasing and putdowns seemed to come from family and relatives, including my own mother. The odd thing was, most of these 'skinny-shamers' were incredibly fat, which has now lead to me thinking less of fat people. By the way, I'm now about 175.

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  • your telling me I've been 5 6 135 lbs since i was 16 body shaming men for being skinny is much more accepted but people just assume men and women are happy to be made fun of or joked with when we all have our insecurities most people try to make them selves feel better by putting others down and i can tell you lifting them up on your back may be harder but much more worth the 2 min rush most assholes get from feeling better than when they really have no clue about 90% of actual life you do you and love you for who you are you seem like a bright smart and caring person that thinks of others more so than herself and should not allow these shitbags tell you you are not beautiful or sexy because the love you have to give both inbed and out of bed im sure is superior to most women and people in general be happy and stay amazing

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  • Interesting

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  • I was interested in this till I saw all the "social justice" bull shit and jargon. Some of the simple physical facts make sense. But, the so called social justice bull shit, well , people just don't realize their being pandered to by an ideology that will kill them without a second thought just like last century in Russia. I was pretty thin after a death in my family, I just quit eating, experienced these things, for a long time bones sticking out etc. Never once did I look at myself as a goddamn victim or cry my ass off about "skinny shaming" , the idea of it would have made me feel ashamed , weak and disgusting.

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    • That's how you are. Others are more sensible.

    • @Jenima The word is gullible. This shit is designed for one thing, to get people fired up and outraged so they can be used as political weapons.

  • All I can say is these are ALL true! Lol at finding jeans that fit it’s so hard πŸ˜„

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  • Oh god, being skinny, and being tall. Worst combo, plus my legs are really long so usually if I get pants they don't fit so I usually need a belt. These topics I can relate with.

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  • I like skinny girls but I agree with you that thick is better

    I am also skinny but some are health issues I am fixing in these year, hopping for the best

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    • Once I liked an anorexic girl too bad I was dealing with social anxiety

  • Good take thanks for sharing

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  • Thank you for sharing this. I used to be rail thin for most of my life. It's only recently that i gained weight since i started working.

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  • Hmmm. Ok. As you can see from my profile pic, I ain't skinny. Never have been. But guess what? I can still relate to the stuff you put up. So let's jump right into it.

    Shaving- not because I have knobby knees or anything like that, but because I have RA. It makes it difficult for me to reach certain places. Hell, it's hard to even get a good grip on the damn razor.

    Unnecessary comments- yeah, people tend to say a lot of bullshit was comments to bigger people as well. They just hide it behind false concern for their health. And I also get a shit ton of comments about my RA and not looking sick and all that stupid shit.

    Body Pain- literally wake up in pain every day. I deal with my body flaring up without warning. The weather also plays a big part in my pain. And I'm anemic. My hands and feet are ALWAYS like ice.

    Self Consciousness- everybody deals with this. No matter what damn size you are. Thigh gaps are see still a thing and I've never in my life heard anyone day that shit about bones being for dogs. I've only ever seen it on memes. I lost 80 pounds and I'm still self conscious AF.

    Body positivity- I'm just not even... because I could write you a whole novel

    Clothes- all bodies are different. Fat and skinny and such broad words. That picture with the pants gapping in the back is how a lot of my pants fit even before I lost the weight because I've always has a smaller waist. So pants would fit my big ass thighs but be huge around my waist.

    I say allllllll of that to say that everybody hoes through things. Everybody has problems. A lot of the times we go through similar things but we're so busy being against each other and thinking that our problems are bigger, that we can't see that.

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    • just because you aren't thin but relate to some of these, that doesn't make any of my points any less relevant. But by the way, you look great in that pic!! And congrats on losing 80lbs, good luck with your RA, anemia, insecurity, etc! <33

  • Some I can relate to, like cold hands and being careful when I shave because if the bony areas, I could get cut. I have ass and legs even though I have a thigh gap, it's not because I'm skinny.

    People do try to skinny shame but I know they're jealous. I am curvy and skinny, that's what dreams are made of for many people, because it just means you have good bones structure.

    When I am in top shape I really do find that the waist of jeans might be too small for me, while the hips fit. But it's because I am curvy, all you have to do is wear jeans that fit closer to the hips, instead of high waisted.

    I am also very strong, I don't get pushed around in the wind, but will admit it almost happened one time when the wind was very strong, and that's normal, a tornado could move a house.

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    • Can ask for your measurements please? Also height and weight if you don't mind.

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    • @Jenima You are not too thin. You might have a slender model built so they call you too thin. You're shorter than I am and heavier. As I said I'm a pudgy round shaped skinny girl so I look heavier than I am. Your weight is fine, maybe even perfect.

    • Actually I'm bottom heavy. All my weight goes in my hips, thighs, butt and calves. My upper body is very slim so I look skinnier than I am. Thank you for your comment.

  • Honestly, none of these have really troubled me--except for the eternal coldness and the inability to find proper-fitting pants outside of those high-end fashion stores that tear your wallet a new one for a single pair of jeans.
    But, even so, I'm happy with my figure --it's one of the few things about me that I'm actually content with and feel no need to change--so I wouldn't trade it for the world.

    Nice Take! :)

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  • Some of this seems troll.

    But let me blow your mind for one minute.

    I am a plus sized woman with thick thighs... and a flat ass.

    My ass is seriously bony. My boyfriend agrees. I have bruised the hands of mighty men with this bony ass. So lets leave the ass argument out of here.

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  • I'd rather take being skinny af than being fat. Sure people get skinny shamed but being fat is SO much worse in terms of shaming. In general though, body shaming is cancelled and should be left in 2017. In 2018 we don't give a fuck.

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  • I once rested my head on my desk at school because I was tired as fuck. My spine stuck up just like in the picture you posted. My friends noticed, but instead of giving me one of those back-handed compliments or a tactless comment, they said "hey, that makes you look like a dragon, cool!"
    It made me laugh. Felt pretty awesome. My friends are the best. I used to have friends who would say the things you mentioned in this take, but luckily they're not in my life anymore.
    Opening doors is such a fucking struggle, it's embarrassing lmao. Sometimes I just get fed up and push with my entire weight so that the door just flies open. There doesn't seem to be an in-between for me. Either I barely use any force and struggle a lot, or I feel like I have to push with my entire body which results in someone getting a hard hit in the face.

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  • I am pretty skinny, so i know a little of these, but i don't think i am so skiny that i am effected by these to that level

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  • Haha I've heard I have a big head for my body. But then again, I'm short. I'd say I'm thin, but I don't relate to most of these

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  • Nice take :)

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  • I relate to ALL of these. Girls at school always make comments like you eat so little... you eat like a rabbit... you eat 1/4 of what i eat. I'm just small and thin & I don't eat too much. Also having a flat chest. I like my flat aa cup size chest but I feel self conscious when I wear a sports bra etc. I just look like a prepubescent boy...

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  • I can relate. It's like you sometimes hate being skinny but when u gain weight it is like everyone notices. You face the problem of people using for only their physical needs and they don't care about your feelings. A lot of girls just come up to ask you "do u even drink water" or "I'm starting a diet can you give me tips". TBH this needs to stop. It's annoying af. Like who likes everyone asking about their clothes size and what a person eats. people should love their own bodies no matter what. I feel curvy women are as sexy as skinny ones.

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  • I share the same problems, I'm short and thin. I hate it when I'm shopping for pants and everything is either too long, the waist is too big, the butt is too small, or a mixture of everything. And people staring like I'm some sort of zoo exhibit when I eat because I eat a lot and never gain anything. Or when you look in the mirror or wear a shirt that somehow is too short for some reason, your hip bones show.

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  • I am not super small, I have a BMI of 18.5 exactly but thank god I don’t have most of these problems, the boney ass thing is definitely true. I am skinny but I have quite a lot of flesh and C cup tits so I don’t have the boyish figure usually associated with skinny girls. In a way I’m lucky but I think it really shows that everyone has self confidence issues, no matter their body type.

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  • I don't hate skinny people or fat people but I am just telling you, they have websites specifically designed for skinny people who can't find clothes in regular retail stores. The other thing is that its good to be skinny when you are healthy but if you are skinny and unhealthy - you may want to try to build muscle - and by no means will this make you fat - building muscle, makes most people even skinnier but it makes them healthier too. Last of all, people might pre-judge you but you can overcome it by having a personality that diminishes the hostilities towards you - of course you have evil people who will hate you no matter how intelligent or nice or supportive you are - ignore these and focus on the ones who treat you will.

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  • I am self-conscious about how skinny my legs are. They make me look anorexic. I lift weights at the gym so that they get a little bigger.

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  • You've made some really good points here!

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  • I've been called a slut by a random stranger when walking home just cause of my appearance. (I was walking with my brother -_-)

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  • Main problem for me is bras. Rest of my body is no problem.
    Also having a small bladder is a bit embarrassing sometimes!

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  • I have to agree some of this true, I was a size 0 to 3 most of my life. Even at age 39 I was a little over 100 lbs and was 5'9". I have to thank my last pregnancy/miscarriage for keeping on 40 lbs.

    Once you gain weight and you are no longer skinny, you appreciate that you don't get all those comments anymore, no one says you look like a sketelton or assumes you have an eating disorder. I have a lot of stories from when I was super thin. however, I was always able to find clothes - i never had a hard time like it was mentioned here. The mall in my hometown did have a speciality store for those who were a size 0 to 3.

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  • Girl, I can relate. I was pretty skinny (and small) when I was growing up and I remember people making all these unnecessary comments all the time. My own sister would make fun of me for not having a butt -- I was 12!
    And don't even get me started on clothes. Nothing ever fit right, hell clothes still don't exactly fit right on me.
    Now, I'm not as skinny as I used to be, but this Take certainly triggered some memories for me. Not in a bad way, just in a reminiscent kind of way. Nice job. :)

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