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... To surmise that 'naturally skinny' goes hand in with either eating or digestive disorders

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5ChildrenAndIt Thu 04-Dec-14 12:27:50

The last counter-example in my circle of friends has just been diagnosed as Coeliac.

I now know no one who is vogue-slim without either food trauma in their past or under medical treatment for digestion or immune disorders.

I'm a bit unsettled by it tbh! Do skinny, healthy and happy people even exist?

squoosh Thu 04-Dec-14 12:29:04

Yes they do. I know several and dearly wish I was one of them!

OfaFrenchMind Thu 04-Dec-14 12:29:24

Yup! Not me, mind, but I have meet them, and am seething with jealousy. smile

Justgotosleepnow Thu 04-Dec-14 12:29:42

What do you mean by skinny. If you mean slim ie not overweight then yes of course.

DejaVuAllOverAgain Thu 04-Dec-14 12:32:07

My ex has a high metabolism and can eat anything he wants without putting weight on, in fact he has/had problems putting weight on. I'm not saying he eats healthily, he doesn't or didn't when we were together but that doesn't mean that someone who naturally slim can't be healthy. Some people can be slim and healthy.

AnnieLobeseder Thu 04-Dec-14 12:33:48

YABU. Yes, an unfortunate number of women have developed eating disorders due to starving themselves to meet society's beauty standards. But healthy, thin women certainly do exist. My best friend is one. She just comes from a family of people (not just women) with light appetites.

And as for those of you wishing medical conditions or eating disorders on yourself so that you too can conform to artificial and dangerous standards of how women should look - words fail me. What an appalling attitude. I have friends with coeliac disease and IBS etc. Yes, they're thin, but I wouldn't wish what they go through on my worst enemy.

Qresident Thu 04-Dec-14 12:33:51

The world had plenty of naturally 'skinny' people in it- ethnicity, metabolism, lifestyle can all play a role without them having to have an illness to explain their natural state.

BaffledSomeMore Thu 04-Dec-14 12:35:19

Are you excluding people who eat sensibly and exercise?

Fingeronthebutton Thu 04-Dec-14 12:35:28

I have an exH and D who are both very slim. When they have asked Dr for advice to gain weight they are told: think yourself lucky, you don't make fat.

ouryve Thu 04-Dec-14 12:36:42


DH is naturally slim. He takes after his dad. It's just his body type.

SaucyJack Thu 04-Dec-14 12:36:44

My DP is medically underweight despite eating far more than his fair share of junk.

Interesting question tho. He isn't happy about it, and I wouldn't bet against it him not being in perfect health either.

5ChildrenAndIt Thu 04-Dec-14 12:37:23

Actually I'm only referring to women, aged 30+, lifelong clothes size 6-8 for normal/tall height.

I know lots of male beanpoles who are healthy but obsessed with running ,

OfaFrenchMind Thu 04-Dec-14 12:37:46

Who is wishing for a medical condition here? We are just wishing we were the high metabolism perfectly healthy people.

Wishtoremainunknown Thu 04-Dec-14 12:37:50

Hello. I am the mysterious person of which you speak. It may ask questions if you wish wink but no eating disorders here.

Some mild intolerances but nothing severe.

BaffledSomeMore Thu 04-Dec-14 12:38:05

Annie I think you misread the wishing! Pp were wishing they were naturally slim, healthy and happy.

Bolshybookworm Thu 04-Dec-14 12:38:20

Yup. My maternal family are all very slim and healthy. They don't over eat, are all active (lots of hill walkers, climbers etc) and I think are just lucky genetically (there's also no cancer in our family). I've inherited this to a certain extent and am fairly slim considering how much cake I eat. I'm size 8-12 (pear shaped) but considered on the heftier side in my family hmm
My brother can put away a packet of biscuits in one sitting and is still skinny as a rake envy I am finding I'm having to cut down on the sweet treats as I age......

Iggly Thu 04-Dec-14 12:39:28

Maybe they just eat less and move more.

As we all probably should unless we have eating disorders.

nottheOP Thu 04-Dec-14 12:39:46

Do skinny, healthy and happy people even exist?

Yes they do. I'm not one of them but in my friendship group I know three girls who definitely eat what they wish, exercise 2-3 times a week and are very slim (H&K sixze 6). When we're out they do not hold back on booze or food at all.

2 are happy. 1 not so much, but that isn't related.

So... YABU

Wishtoremainunknown Thu 04-Dec-14 12:39:57

I'm not 30 plus quite yet but I am below a size 6 and always have been. I am slightly heavier than I was at 16 but still very tiny. I loose weight if stressed etc. don't ever really gain.

CaffeLatteIceCream Thu 04-Dec-14 12:40:06

What crap.

I am very slim and have been all my life. I eat normally and healthily.

YourKidsYourRulesHunXxx Thu 04-Dec-14 12:40:56

Lots of people call me 'skinny,' or thin, but I would not say I am. When I have refuted this in the past, I have been accused of having an eating disorder. I'm in the normal range of weight (on the lower end, perhaps) and don't have an excessive amount of body fat, which people think makes me skinny. I love my body and anyone else who thinks being 'thin' or whatever is a bad thing can get tae fuck ;)

(I'm talking to you, Megan Trainor)

wonkylegs Thu 04-Dec-14 12:41:22

Yep most of my family are naturally skinny.
My brother is one of the lithest blokes I know but has a huge appetite, luckily although he does some active hobbies he naturally seems to burn it off as he is a gourmet chef so lots of calorie rich foods and not a lot of spare time to exercise.
The rest of us are skinny too, another brother, sister, me, my son & my dad,(mum excepted but she has thyroid issues) . No food or digestive issues here.

SaucyJack Thu 04-Dec-14 12:41:39

I'd agree with you then. I don't personally know any properly skinny women who are naturally that way. The skinny ones I do know maintain it via skipping meals or excessive exercise.

Wishtoremainunknown Thu 04-Dec-14 12:41:58

Incidentally I'm having a pâté sandwich for lunch with crisps. As I ran out of sliced ham.

But I have never been someone who could eat a whole pack of biscuits/supersize bar if chocolate in one go either.

NotYouNaanBread Thu 04-Dec-14 12:42:22

I was Vogue slim before I had children. I have never had any sort of eating disorder or medical condition - I just ate healthily and was very mobile.

I'm still slim now, but at 9 stone, I don't think I qualify for Vogue! I eat more and move less than I did pre baby, quite simply, and as a result have not lost the 1 - 1.5 stone that I put on during 4 years of pregnancy and breastfeeding.

DH is also very slim, and as he has hit his 30's he has become more athletic - rowing and running - so he's looking more toned and fit now than before, even though he has put on a tiny bit of weight in the last 5 or 6 years. He is definitely male model weight, build and height, if not the muscles!

Both of us have slim-ish parents, particularly fathers.

The slim Mums in my area all run. It's a very running sort of place that I live. I've got to get into it. :/

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