The trend started with a post by user @terryxtsunami, who asked her followers, “What’s something that’s acceptable when you’re skinny, but is not really acceptable when you’re thicker?”
“For me, it’s wearing tight clothes, wearing crop tops, dancing, twerking [and] eating,” she continued, noting some of the very normal behaviors that she has gotten backlash for, even though her thin peers typically have no trouble getting away with those actions.
Hundreds of TikTokers have since stitched @terryxtsunami’s original video to share the double standards they themselves have experienced due to other people’s opinions of their bodies.
TikToker Devon Elizabeth, who frequently posts body acceptance and fat liberation content for her over 307,000 followers, shared a whole list of judgments she finds herself subjected to that thin people are frequently not, such as criticism for loving to bake or cook, drinking soda, sharing bathing suit photos on Instagram, being tired and even just breathing.
TikToker @ninagabrielle16 echoed the “breathing” comment, noting that she feels she has to hold her breath when she walks, “especially up stairs,” to avoid nasty comments.
“Growing up, at every point in my life, my breathing was pointed out to me,” she shared. “Even if there were thinner people who were breathing louder than I was.”
“When people point it out to you every second of your life because you’re fat — and, ‘oh, the fat girl is breathing hard’ — it doesn’t go away,” she added.
TikToker @antisocializin lamented that fat people are subjected to increased scrutiny over their social media posts.
“When I gained weight, which honestly wasn’t even that much, I started getting my posts flagged for nudity or explicit content more often, I started getting reported by men more often, my lives got taken down for seemingly no reason more often,” she shared. “The algorithms fat shame, and I truly did not notice it until I gained some weight and stopped experiencing skinny privilege.”
TikToker @sadvirgohours, who says she recently went from a size 14/16 to a 4/6, shared that she is now able to eat foods that are typically considered “unhealthy” or indulgent without criticism.
“People will find ways to suggest a diet they heard of that helps you to lose weight, or make comments like, ‘oh, you know, it’s not that bad, you can always get back on the wagon tomorrow,” or they’ll just give you weird looks,” she recalled.
Here’s the thing — it’s truly impossible to judge someone’s health just by looking at them.
So instead of making quick judgments based on someone’s appearance, maybe just mind your own business instead!
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