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 a word that is used to describe unpleasantness
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,
Replaced by almonds,
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.
The word skinny is a compliment
“You look so skinny”
And they reply,
You’re really praising them,
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
We take pride in the lack of food we eat.
It’s a competition,
You had ice cream last night?
What did you eat?
Because eating makes you fat
And fat is a dirty word.
Fat is ugly.
And skinny is
TOP REASONS WHY NOT EATING IS NOT COOL
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: