Previously, being fat was the biggest crime you could commit when it came to the pursuit of happiness and wellness. That is, at least in the eyes of the multi-billion pound health, fitness and self-improvement industries. Now that the movement to ‘encourage’ fat people to do something about their condition by cajoling, belittling and humiliating them has reached saturation point, is it now the turn of skinny people to be ‘motivated’ into doing something about their shortcomings?
The Rise of Skinny Fat Syndrome
As the rise in popularity of the term ‘skinny fat’ has exploded in recent times, and the number of people searching for skinny fat solutions on the internet has increased exponentially, it seems it is now the turn of people who are underweight, or at least, not obese to feel bad about themselves.
As the use of models with aesthetically pleasing bodies remains the norm and the requirements for those entering the limelight, whether it be actors, musicians or media personalities, include physical perfection as much as ever, with exceptions only serving to prove the rule, it seems it’s time for those at the skinny end of the scale to feel the pain the overweight have known all their lives.
The Turn of Skinny Fats to Feel the Pinch
While skinny people aren’t fully in the sights of the fitness and wellness industries, their cousins, the skinny fats, are taking over from the fat people or at least being given their share of the pie when it comes to being pushed into doing something about their body shape.
Being skinny can allow you to hide from the body shape prejudices and judgements that abound in modern society. When I was skinny I wasn’t particularly pleased about it, but it wasn’t until I become skinny fat that I decided to do something about my body type. I could tolerate being skinny, it seemed, but being fat was out of the question!
Imagine what is will be like for the skinny people amongst us when the spotlight is turned on them, and they are held up as something to be fixed and cured much in the way fat people have been for decades. Some might say it is only fair they get their turn, others might ask where will the hiding place remain for those who want to stay out of the sights of those promoting and marketing the body improvement industry?
Skinny Fat is the New Fat
Skinny fat is becoming the new fat in terms of something people need to be made aware of as being unacceptable, at least in the eyes of the self-improvement industries. Whether ‘regular skinny’ will become the new fat remains to be seen though. Especially since the number of skinny people is dwindling on a daily basis, will it even be worth going after this market when the fat segment is so large?
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