Stop commenting on this on Thanksgiving

Stop commenting on this on Thanksgiving

This time when you sit for Thanksgiving dinner, apart from staying away from topics like politics, religion, there is another thing you should never comment on. 

Stop commenting on this on Thanksgiving

While commenting on how tasty the food is, or how the dishes were prepared, under no circumstances should you comment on the size of the servings, weight loss, dieting, or body size and this is why.

You don't know what the person is going through

Comments like: "You are skinny, you must have some more food," or "you really shouldn't be eating so much," is anything but funny. It's food bullying and body shaming. Telling someone to eat when they are not hungry or telling someone that has eaten more than enough is nothing but emotional abuse. You don't know what feelings a remark like that can trigger, even if you mean well. 

Rethink your relationship with food

If you find yourself too interested in someone else's eating habits, it might be a sign of your own struggle with food. Take your time to reflect upon your relationship with your body and the food you eat, ask for help if you feel you can't cope with it.

You are not an expert

You are not a nutritionist or anyone qualified to comment on what other people should or shouldn't be eating. You'll be just ruining the joy of eating. Until I finally set some boundaries I was deeply hurt by comments like: "I just want you to be healthy," after a horrible remark on my food intake, so, understand that you'll be purposely making someone feel bad about themselves. 

You are only adding up to stereotyping beauty

People are naturally different and beauty comes in different shapes and sizes, don't let social media wear you down. There is no body size that is right or wrong, that's just a misconception.

Aniela Dybiec

Aniela is a writer who loves art, makeup, and magick. She is also an amateur illustrator, a wellness fan and a vegetarian.+ info

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