If you haven’t heard this let me fill you in: “Skinnyfat” is a term used to describe people who are thin but not healthy – they may lack muscle tone, be sedentary, have poor eating habits, be genetically unhealthy etc.
Another term that I’ve heard bantered about (on ABC News among other places) is “normal weight obese” – which means the same thing.
I’m curious, as a healthy fat woman should I be offended because nobody calls me “fatskinny”?
This one makes my [healthy fat person] blood boil with rage.
We didn’t need to coin the terms “skinnyfat” or “normal weight obese” because we already have a word for the condition of being thin and unhealthy: “unhealthy”.
I almost can’t believe that so many people have made so much money purposefully confusing the concepts of weight and health that these terms have been accepted into our lexicon.
A barely thinking person who spends 20 seconds on this will realize how ridiculous it is. It’s an utter contradiction of terms based entirely on an erroneous conflation of weight and health.
This is an incredibly simple concept:
There are healthy and unhealthy people of every shape and size.
If someone is skinny and unhealthy that DOES NOT make them fat. (It’s such a big, hot, steaming pile of “duh” that I can’t even believe I just had to type that.)
By the same token, someone who is fat and healthy is not skinny. (Oh look, a giant bowl of No-Shit-Sherlock Flakes.)
There is weight and there is health. They are two different things with completely different sets of measurements. We DO have the technology to measure health – it’s not even that difficult or expensive so if this was actually about people’s health then right this very minute we as a society could stop the sheer medical laziness of substituting weight for health and start accurately assessing people’s level of health (in case you missed it, the operative word here is HEALTH). And if a patient wanted to get healthier the doctor would prescribe healthy habits rather than just telling that person to do whatever they have to do to be skinny (but not, god forbid, skinnyfat).
Just to recap: there’s no such thing as skinny people who are fat or “normal weight” people who are obese. I’m going to put it out there and say that using these terms is so stupid that it should cause the speaker instant and intense physical pain. For the love of all that’s logical, intelligent, not to mention grammatically and physiologically correct, let’s stop this nonsense right now.