When the use of the word ‘thin’ got me thinking.

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eating-saladSo last night we did a spot of late night shopping. Nothing unusual in itself I know, expect after 5 minutes at Westfield we were both looking at each other saying get me the f&#* outta here.

We got what we had to get oh so very quickly and then headed to the foodcourt to grab some dinner. We decided to get something relatively healthy and chose a salad place. As the girl was packaging up our pasta and salad I noticed their slogan on the back of her shirt. It said “Eat Larger, Stay Thin”.

I thought about this for a second and decided that I didn’t really like the use of the word ‘Thin’ and all that it implies. Maybe I’ve been exposed to too much body image talk lately, but something about it just didn’t sit right with me.

While it’s only one little word, it can send so many messages to so many people, most of which are negative.

As a healthy size 10-12 girl, I have thankfully never had an eating disorder, but I do often think about my weight. I’ve probably put on approx 6 kilos over the last couple of years and often find myself putting on old clothes that just don’t fit, which is kinda depressing. But at the end of the day I’m not big on exercising or dieting and most of the time accept how I am and just buy different clothes now. (Yes another excuse to go shopping!)

So what do you think of the tagline? Am I over reacting? I’m actually finding it hard to pinpoint my exact grievance over the tagline, except my first initial reaction was, Hmmm, I’m not to sure about that.

Would love to hear your thoughts.

1 Comment
  • FiveThumbsDown
    September 11, 2009

    I don’t like the word “thin” either, I feel that “healthy” would be a better substitution for the shirt slogan.

    thin != healthy;

    Sorry, I’m a programmer nerd…

    thin does not equal healthy, but with all the crap we’re force fed in magazines, TV, movies.. we’re made to feel bad if we’re not a tiny size.

    The world would be a happier place if no-one gave a shit what size you were.

    I wear XXXXXXL shirts from Lowes but that doesn’t affect who I am inside, I’m still a nice guy who enjoys being an internet angryman.

    I probably flew off on a tangent then.. so I’ll reiterate my main point.

    That slogan = arse, thin doesn’t mean healthy.

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