What is a “Realistic Body Type”?

Regular Girl” “Real Woman” “Realistic Body Type” what do those terms really mean? I see girls of all shapes and sizes every day, sure they may have some insecurities but at the end of the day they’re all “real women” in my eyes. So why is it that online blogs are constantly selling a curvier body image and telling me thats how a “real woman” should look? I’m a petite girl, I always have been and come from a long line of petite women -I’m 5’2 and my weight fluctuates between 100-110. I believe I have a healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits, but then I go online and find myself getting body shamed for not having curves. Because I am thin I’m made to believe that my body type is boyish and could never be considered sexy. I read the comments of women showing their disgust at slender body types and think, oh my goodness maybe I shouldn’t have ran that last mile yesterday, are my bones jutting out? Is this considered ugly?

As a society we spend way too much time trying to validate and justify our body types. Yes I understand the argument that curvier women have experienced a higher volume of negative backlash than women with a more slender physique. I understand the struggle of seeing certain body types all over movies and advertisements and not being able to relate to them on a physical level. This is something that needs to change and has been steadily improving in popular culture. I think the real problem is insecurity. Once we stop claiming that one body type is “real” or “ideal” then we can move on from the body image issue and focus on the real issue, healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices.

One thing that I have noticed about all of these blogs is that they are quick to point out an ideal body type but have never once posted an article about healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices. According to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, “Up to 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S”, those are really scary numbers if you ask me. It doesn’t help that sites host “pro ana” and “thinspo” images which are available to anyone with the ability to type the words into a search bar. So this is my plea to all the blog out there, lets stop writing articles about “real bodies”. Lets stop taking fictional cartoon characters and mutilating their bodies to look curvier and claiming thats how they should have been created. These blogs have millions of young followers that hang on their every word, instead of feeding into the body image argument, lets start teaching people to be happy with the body that they’re in, and how to maintain a happy, healthy life. 

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