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8 Ways Skinny Shaming Takes Place at the Gym, and Why It Shouldn't

December 03, 2015 2 min read

There's so many times of shaming going on it's hard to keep up. The biggest one seems to be fat shaming, but skinny shaming happens too, and it's just as unacceptable. At what point will human beings wake up and realize we must treat each other with respect no matter how we look?   Regardless of all the movements making waves out there today, there still seems to be people who take it there — there as in shaming. The gym is one of the biggest places it happens. It doesn't matter if you're fat or slim, muscled or scrawny, super athletic or a bit nerdy. People still like to pick on those that are different from them. And while no one's looks or remarks should hinder someone's desire to exercise, apparently it has. According to a recent survey, 75 percent of women admit that although they want to go to the gym, they opt out because they are fearful of judgements from others.   Take a look at this list of cruel skinny shaming comments submitted by readers of Shape magazine to get an idea of what it's like to have someone judge you for being thin.
1. "Don't hurt yourself." Unless you're genuinely concerned that someone might harm themselves, let them, no matter their size, try out the move they want. 2. "You're probably skinny fat." Just because someone is skinny and doesn't have any visible muscle tone doesn't mean they don't like to exercise. This kind of comment is especially hurtful to those who are trying to build their muscle so it IS noticeable some day. 3. "Are you anorexic? Do you ever eat?" Bringing up an eating disorder is never OK, whether the person actually is or they have no control over just how thin they are. 4. "I feel like a whale standing next to you!" This just puts the other person in an incredibly awkward situation, as what you're telling them is that they make you feel super uncomfortable. [bctt tweet="8 Ways Skinny Shaming Takes Place at the Gym, and Why It Shouldn't"] 5. "Real women have curves." Well, some women have curves, but not all. In fact, some women are apple- or pear-shaped. 6. "Men prefer a woman with a booty." Some men do, yes, but other men prefer different attributes. And really, who cares what men want? You're not working out for them. 7. "How often do you work out? You must live at the gym!" Implying that someone is thin because they're obsessed with working out is far from OK. 8. "Are you naturally thin?" When you ask that question, you are letting them know you have a preconceived notion that they aren't naturally thin. Have you ever been skinny shamed? Source: Shape

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