Since I was a teenager, I’ve witnessed my fair share of body and food shaming, namely from friends and classmates. As we perused the dessert menu after dinner, I recall one friend saying she couldn’t order her favorite dessert because “I’m wearing a crop top out tonight and want to look good.”
I’ve listened to friends compare their own bodies to those of women in completely different circumstances. Every time, I’ve choose to smile politely and nod my head at these self-deprecating comments. But as the years have gone by and talk about disordered eating, body positivity, and body image have only become more common, I’ve increasingly wondered why we let our friends say these things about themselves and let it slide as normal behavior.