Not Eating Is Not Cool

By Liza Cohen

Fat. The word Fat used to describe kings and queens. The elite were well fed, which was impressive. 
Fat. Fat used to be beautiful. Curves used to be beautiful. Like Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday Mr. President. 
Fat used to mean wide hips, perfect for bearing babies and holding children on your lap for storytime. 

Now fat is a slur.
A slur used to degrade others and make them feel
Ugly.
Ugly a word that is used to describe unpleasantness
Or disgust
Or not good enough.
The Oxford Dictionary says: “She thought she was ugly and fat”
As if the two go together.

Fat is an antagonizing word.
A demonizing word,
One which controls our lives.

When a girl reaches a certain age, they are supposed to stop eating,
The fun food anyway.
No more late night pizza,
Burgers,
Fries,
Ice cream.
Replaced by almonds,
And berries,
And frozen yogurt,
Which is just fake ice cream if you ask me.

But no one tells you that,
It’s something you have to figure out yourself.
And we are warned about eating disorders, but no one really takes them seriously.
Because 46% of girls in elementary school are dieting,
And 57% of teenage girls are starving,
And it’s only getting worse with time.

But, it is imperative to be skinny.
And the richest are the most skinny,
Even though they can afford to indulge the most.

It’s moronic.

The word skinny is a compliment
You say,
“You look so skinny”
And they reply,
Thanks.

You’re really praising them,
You’re saying: 
you didn’t eat anything today, good job.
And they are saying
I’m hungry, but it’s worth it
for that compliment, and to feel
beautiful.

We take pride in the lack of food we eat.
It’s a competition,
You had ice cream last night?
Or fries?
That’s not
Healthy.

What did you eat?

Nothing. 
Because eating makes you fat
And fat is a dirty word.
Fat is ugly.
And skinny is
Beautiful.

But
not eating
is not
cool:

TOP REASONS WHY NOT EATING IS NOT COOL

  Here is a picture of me: an entirely average teenage girl with an entirely above average smile on her face. Why is that smile there? Because I am about to dig into the delicious Minella’s Mud Pie that sits in front of me. The Mud Pie consists of warm chocolate cake topped with cool vanilla ice cream and whipped cream drizzled in chocolate sauce.  You can find it here: Minella’s Diner, 320 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA

 

Here is a picture of me: an entirely average teenage girl with an entirely above average smile on her face. Why is that smile there? Because I am about to dig into the delicious Minella’s Mud Pie that sits in front of me. The Mud Pie consists of warm chocolate cake topped with cool vanilla ice cream and whipped cream drizzled in chocolate sauce.
 You can find it here: Minella’s Diner, 320 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA

This here is a cupcake ATM. Yes, this really exists. In New York City and Los Angeles, you can find the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. You go up to it, pick your flavors, pay and POP! Comes out the cupcake!  You can find it here: 780 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065

This here is a cupcake ATM. Yes, this really exists. In New York City and Los Angeles, you can find the Sprinkles Cupcake ATM. You go up to it, pick your flavors, pay and POP! Comes out the cupcake!
 You can find it here: 780 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10065

I am not a picky eater, as you could probably guess. But one thing I do despise is cake. WhAt, Liza? Are you CRAZY? Guess so! But Magnolia accommodates me by providing icing shots to people who don’t like cake. You can find them here: 401 Bleecker Street and W. 11th Street, New York, NY

I am not a picky eater, as you could probably guess. But one thing I do despise is cake. WhAt, Liza? Are you CRAZY? Guess so! But Magnolia accommodates me by providing icing shots to people who don’t like cake.

You can find them here: 401 Bleecker Street and W. 11th Street, New York, NY

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I used to never eat breakfast, ever. “I’m just not hungry in the morning” I would complain to my mother. But then, I got a sneak peek of a life where lunch and dinner aren’t ideal meals, and I began to love breakfast! Breakfast is extremely accessible and comes in so many shapes and sizes! This here is a meusli with fruit and iced coffee. Contrary to popular belief, some carbs are actually good for you!  You can find it here: 6907 Red Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33143

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I used to never eat breakfast, ever. “I’m just not hungry in the morning” I would complain to my mother. But then, I got a sneak peek of a life where lunch and dinner aren’t ideal meals, and I began to love breakfast! Breakfast is extremely accessible and comes in so many shapes and sizes! This here is a meusli with fruit and iced coffee. Contrary to popular belief, some carbs are actually good for you! 
You can find it here: 6907 Red Rd, Coral Gables, FL 33143

Food also helps form friendships! This is a picture of my friend Maija and I. Maija is from Finland, but lives in Boston. I met her at my old school in New York, and we immediately bonded over this pizza. In Brooklyn, there is a place called Robertas, which features an old open kitchen with Italian men handcrafting these pizzas. Although this was the most expensive pizza I’ve ever had in my life, it was also the best because I shared it with Maija and my two other friends, Jack and Clayton. It was the beginning of an amazing friendship.  You can find it here: 261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Food also helps form friendships! This is a picture of my friend Maija and I. Maija is from Finland, but lives in Boston. I met her at my old school in New York, and we immediately bonded over this pizza. In Brooklyn, there is a place called Robertas, which features an old open kitchen with Italian men handcrafting these pizzas. Although this was the most expensive pizza I’ve ever had in my life, it was also the best because I shared it with Maija and my two other friends, Jack and Clayton. It was the beginning of an amazing friendship. 
You can find it here: 261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Creativity!
The leftmost picture is from Manayunk StrEAT Festival 2016. Depicted is a fresh belgian waffle topped with vanilla icing and sprinkles. They called this “birthday cake.”
Most recent StrEAT festival: http://manayunk.com/news-and-events/events/spring-streat-food-festival.html
The middle picture is a warm loaf of bread… in a flower pot! It is accompanied by a sweet cream butter and boy was it delicious!
You can find it here: Terrain Garden Cafe 503 W Lancaster Ave, Wayne, PA 19087
The right picture is from an experimental ice cream shoppe called Ice and Vice on the Lower East Side. It consists of 2 fudgy brownies sandwiching salted vanilla ice cream coated with fruity pebbles. WOAH. 
You can find it here: 221 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

There are so many options available to us besides not eating. And at the end of the day, Not Eating is just NOT COOL. 

If you are one of those people who isn’t eating, get help here:
https://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/help-support/contact-helpline