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Hollywood always tells us girls that we need to be super thin and then things will be perfect. It’s not true. I am naturally small and being thin is not all it’s cracked up to be. I’m happy with my body, but I thought I should share the disadvantages of being skinny that Hollywood wouldn’t tell you.

–All my clothing is loose. It doesn’t matter what it is; it doesn’t fit right. Fortunately, I like oversized t-shirts, but it does make dress shopping hard.

–I have to wear belts all the time. I have never been able to find pants that fit my waist without a belt.

–I have trouble finding belts, too. I have to wear the ones that either tie or are held by metal loops. Ones with buckles almost never have holes where I need it fastened. Belts that fit me also tend to be pink and have flowers on them.

–Because I am so small, I wear little kids clothes. I do like it because it’s cheeper (and the clothing can be more modest), but it does make my clothing styles limited.

–My wrists are thin, so I have to wear velcro wrist band watches instead of regular watches. I could wear little kid watches, but I draw the line there. 🙂 I also can’t wear bracelets.

–My fingers are very small and thin. I wear a size four ring, and it’s too big for me, so I have to take it off when I’m typing. It also flips around a lot.

–I am always hungry. I can’t eat much per meal, so I have to have snacks. It’s hard for me when I miss a snack or meal. (I actually fainted once, which was not fun.)

–I still can’t eat much per meal, which means I can’t finish meals at restaurants and I’m always worried that my friends’ moms think I don’t like their cooking because I don’t finish.

–I physically can’t become a vegetarian. I tried for a week or two, but wasn’t getting enough protein and had to stop. (If I had eaten more beans, cheese, and peanut butter, I could have probably pulled it off, but eating meat was easier. :))

–Because I’m short as well as thin, I am often mistaken for several years younger than I really am. Needless to say, because they all think I’m in middle school, guys don’t find me attractive, even though Hollywood says thin girls are prettier. 🙂

–I also can never reach things on the top shelf (though being light, I can climb on the counter to get it, which I guess is an advantage :)) and I have a nearly impossible time finding mature looking shoes (especially dress shoes), but that’s probably more due to just being small than anything in particular to being thin.

I have actually thought about how much nicer it would be to be normal, instead of so small. 🙂

There are also more problems with being thin if you’re not naturally that way. Hollywood tells us to be skinny, but they don’t tell us what that’s really like.

Now, I’m off to get a snack. (I’m not even kidding. I’m hungry.) 😀

April 23, 2012 at 15:17
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thank you so much for sharing that! i always dreamed of being small and skinny. and PLEASE dont take this the wrong way but now im glad im not super small and skinny. and i will definitely pray for you too! you are beautiful just the way you are im sure!

April 26, 2012 at 05:54


I’m glad I could help. 🙂 I love my body (especially my hair and eyes), but I get so outraged when Hollywood says skinny is perfect because I know for a fact it isn’t. 🙂

Oh, and I forgot one on the list. I also have to take a snack (bananas are my favorite) whenever I’ll be gone from home for a long time or am doing something very physical (hiking, etc.) because I’ll get too hungry if I don’t. It’s nice to have a snack when I need them, but remembering to bring the snack and keeping track of the snack can be so annoying.

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April 26, 2012 at 07:47
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Aww, Marcy, you sound adorable 🙂 Keep your head up, girl! You are positively beautiful!

April 28, 2012 at 08:19
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I completely agreed. Being thin is not all it’s cracked up to be. I too am short and skinny. It is impossible to find jeans that fit me because jeans are too long for how skinny I am. I get cold way too easily because I don’t have enough fat on my body either. But that is just how God made me and I am fine, although I would love to gain weight and get out of being able to wear kids jeans too but we all wish we could change things but I am still beautiful tiny and all. But I think fuller figured girls are way more pretty then sticks and bones because they look so healthy and have such pretty natural curves. Anyway, being thin is not that great

May 11, 2012 at 21:45
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@Marcy, I have a lot of the same issues u do, except having to eat so often. I will pray for u.

May 14, 2012 at 19:23


I have a lot of the same problems, except I’m tall and I have really big feet. I HATE having to wear belts all the time, and whenever I bend over, I have to hold my pants up or risk showing a crack!

May 26, 2012 at 08:58
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maddie claire N.

i really don’t want to be a super model now no offense sorry..

May 29, 2012 at 22:50
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Hey girls…Soo the thing is Sadly even after hearing all that I want to be skinny. I’ve always been known as “the thick girl,” “The girl with curves,” or “The girl with the beautiful face.” I always get told I should be a plus size model. Well I’d love to be a model and Id love to be beautiful but because of hollywood and incidents in my youth getting picked on I dont feel beautiful. I don’t really think of myself as huge…I am actually sorta average. I wear a 12-16 depending on how it’s made. I’ve gone days…weeks without eating just to be satisfied with myself. It’s not happened yet. I have a boyfriend and he tells me I’m beautiful and gorgeous and when I bring up my size he says Im fine and he’d rather have me than a toothpick. (No offence to you skinny girls remember I wanna be you) I remember one time I looked very very pale my eyes were sunken in and he asked if Id been eating I said no and he made me cry by saying please dont hurt yourself you know I will love you no matter what. Sooo just like there are disadvantages to being small there are to being “big,thick” as well.

-You can’t wear cute junior clothes, you have to wear womens.
-maxi dresses….you can only wear if it has an empire waist.
-babydoll tees and dresses=pregnant(or how you look at least)
-being big people assume you eat like a pig…guess what I eat like once maybe twice a day, if that much.
-you stay with all your friends and you can’t share clothes and they respond with I think I have something it’s huge on me you might can wear it.
-No matter what guy you date they are always smaller than you and when you put on their suit coat cause your cold… first thing that comes to mind is “fat girl in a little coat”
-Lastly it’s hard to be you and feel comfortable about anyone and you never feel like people like you for looks you know it has to be personality.

Not trying to be a dwner but thats just the disadvantages on the ther side

May 31, 2012 at 09:57


i am skinny too. clothes are soooo hard to find!

June 6, 2012 at 12:59
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Bella95: I can definitely see your side of this problem, but you’re going to have to trust us on this-you do not want to be the skinny girl. Besides the impracticality of it (not being able to wear a lot of cute clothes because they don’t fit), it can sometimes be just as hurtful as being on the other side of the scale.
I have had concerned friends ask me if I had an eating disorder. They have sometimes demanded to have me step on a scale, and positively freak out when they see the number. I can’t change that, and it hurts to know that people see you as sickly.
I always told my best friend who struggled with an eating disorder that she had to respect the body God gave her. Not eating was not only harming her (and those of us who cared about her), but God! He gave her that body, and she was choosing to abuse it.

If you feel terribly uncomfortable, make sure you are eating healthy foods and getting healthy exercise to lose some weight. But the key here is to be healthy! Ask a doctor what range of weight is healthy for your height and body type, and let that be your goal. No less!

June 14, 2012 at 01:47
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Girl, I feel ya. I’m sure there are advantages and disadvantages to both sides, but I’m really thin and I know that I wish I had curves. I have practically no boobs haha and so shirts normally fit weird on me and I have to get small sizes. I feel like my body looks like a little girl’s:( I’m not that short, but I’m just skinny and not curvey. I really wish I had curves though, so to all y’all who do have them: appreciate your curves! haha 😀

July 3, 2012 at 08:59
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I am also very thin and it stinks for me. I will be 14 in 6 days and I weigh 72 pounds. Everyone tells me I have no chest or a butt. 🙁

July 5, 2012 at 12:35


im also skinny but im pretty tall too! do u know how hard it is to find something that fits me!i soo get about the people thinking ur younger than u really r,happens to me all the time.im 13 and ive had people think me and my bro(10) r twins plus i kinda hav a baby face but i kinda like tht bc nick jonas has a baby face and think how cute he is lol

July 5, 2012 at 14:07
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@Marcy, there ARE disadvantages to being thin, but there are many more for being overweight. Clothing doesn’t look right on you, almost all stores sell clothing for skinny people. I don’t like swimming, because of swimsuits. I don’t like people because of my image. I would take skinny any day over my fat.

July 10, 2012 at 19:17
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