I am on the thin side: fat women and food – Part One

November 12, 2008 at 11:34 pm (Fróðleikr) (, , , , )

Sweet women, beautiful women, round and voluptuous and lovely women, tell me what you think of my mother. She has eaten a grapefruit or plain yogurt for breakfast, a carton of soup for lunch, and raw vegetables for dinner for over twenty years.

My mother is a skinny woman. She is a skinny woman because her caloric intake is enough to sustain her slight figure, and no more.

NAAFA is a horrible group. There are women who belong to NAAFA who are kind and gentle people. The memes that circulate NAAFA ranks are misguided and misleading. These kind and gentle women, and women who are not so kind and not half so generous, are deceiving themselves into believing that a muffin, a banana, a sandwich and a pasta dinner constitute an acceptable caloric intake for a woman in one day. They do, but only if that woman is roughly one hundred and sixty pounds, does at least an hour of heavy exercise that day, and does not wish to lose any weight.

A working woman who sits at her desk every day, is five foot four, would like to weigh one hundred and ten pounds and who regularly goes to the gym would do well not to eat more than a salad for lunch and a piece of fruit for breakfast. Perhaps she could have lentil soup for dinner.

There are no fat women in starving families. To be five foot ten and one hundred and ten pounds, women will often not eat at all for days. These things should tell you something about caloric intake.

The ideal portion size for a thin woman is about one quarter of one main dish they might order at a restaurant. I feel deeply for pathetic photo-bloggers who proudly reveal how normal their daily intake is, ignorant of the sheer extremes to which women like myself have become accustomed to be thin.

I am no longer thin. Every day I am reminded how much sacrifice I must go through to return to the shape I was when I would eat one sandwich every three days; even then I was never lighter than one hundred and four pounds.

NAAFA is right to discourage starvation. They are very wrong, however, in their assumption that what our sublimated estimation of what a “normal” sized portion is, is healthy and correct. Not even the diet industries accurately portray the amounts we should be eating: they want to appeal to the public at large (“The body YOU want, with the food YOU crave, in REAL portions”).

The photograph is of Crystal Renn, one of the most beautiful women alive. I am, it’s true, obsessed with thin-ness, but not so far.

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