Considering the fact that our people do not believe in adding filters to their statements (read : showing basic manners) especially while criticising others, it clearly indicates one unique aspect about us – we are a country obsessed with physical appearance!! Judging a person on the basis of his/her physical appearance is almost a phenomenon in this country. No matter what, people in our country feel that it is their basic right to pass a comment on someone’s body weight.
Here is a list of weird, irritating and funny things people tell you when you are thin :
1) Don’t you eat anything?
Not at all. I’m a special human being, born with super powers. I survive just on air and water.
2) You should eat more.
Excuse me! The human body has a basic capacity for food intake. Do you expect me to start having 6 chapatis for dinner suddenly? That would result in simply vomiting, NOT magical weight gain overnight.
3) You should start consuming beer.
And add on unnecessary fat in my body? Wish you’d known that healthy weight gain should ideally be muscle gain, NOT fat deposit.
4) Your weight must be 30 kg, right?
That’s so incorrect. I weigh 3 kg, out of which the total weight of my clothes and shoes sums up to 3 kg. That makes my weight NIL, right?
5) Come on! Why are you taking the stairs? You should take the lift and save your calories.
Actually, I can regain the lost calories by just eating. Quite simple, no? Anyway, I feel like counting the number of steps in the staircase these days and revise numerals.
6) Don’t worry. You will gain weight after marriage.
Someone, please help me understand this random logic. I know thousands of women who are skinny, even after more than 10 years of marriage.
7) How can you eat a full plate of biryani?
I can even eat you up, if you stand between me and my biryani. Do you want to try testing me?
8) You should thank your stars. You can eat almost anything that you want.
Absolutely! I have tried eating mud, wood, metals and what not. I’m an extra-terrestrial being, you see. Despite anything, I just manage to survive to become a sore in your eyes. Please bear with me.
9) How are your medical reports absolutely normal? Look at your weight! There had to be something at least.
I know you are quite disappointed. Poor you! Again, I managed to deprive you of that 1-hour long weight-related speech which you’d prepared with such sincerity. Better luck someday!
10) I’m sure you buy your clothes from the kids’ section.
Ofcourse! I intend to share my clothes with my kids in future. Do you have any problem with that? Even if you do, I don’t care.
My earnest appeal to all such ‘helpful’ people – Please understand that we are educated enough to understand the pros and cons of being underweight/overweight. We know how to take necessary steps to maintain a healthy life and build/lose weight in the healthiest possible way. We are well aware of the concept of BMI (Body-Mass Index), which might be out of your thinking capacity. So, keep your valuable suggestions/advice to yourselves. We are not going to gain/lose weight, with your incessant words of ‘wisdom’. Stop getting so obsessed with other’s body weight and focus on your own health.
In short, get a life!