The other day Gina started a discussion on her facebook page Running To The Kitchen, about calling a recipe "skinny". I have often thought about the word and it has always left me feeling uneasy. Using it in the title of a recipe is a marketing ploy. "If this recipe is skinny, that means I can eat as much as I want". Not the case, yes those recipes can be lower in calories but are they necessarily healthy? No. They are often times filled with unnatural ingredients, substitute sweeteners and what not. I'm guilty of it. I have a couple recipes on my blog that use the word skinny in the title. I wish I could go back in time and think about what I was writing. Because no food is "skinny".
Do we all know what the definition of skinny is?
skin·ny ˈskinē/ adjective adjective: skinny; comparative adjective: skinnier; superlative adjective: skinniest 1. (of a person or part of their body) very thin. "his skinny arms" synonyms: thin, scrawny, scraggy, bony, angular, rawboned, hollow-cheeked, gaunt, as thin as a rake, skin-and-bones, sticklike, emaciated, waiflike, skeletal, pinched, undernourished, underfed.
Which brings me to my next issue with the word. Why would anyone want to be "skinny"? Scrawny, scraggy, rawboned, hollow-cheeked, thin as a rake, skin-and-bones, skeletal, undernourished? I know I don't.
I've been called skinny my entire life, and I have always cringed at the term. I post a cake recipe on my blog and I will have people comment on facebook... "How do you eat all this food and stay so skinny?" I even had someone (a family member) make a comment once "Go eat a damn hamburger, your so skinny." Now I know that is not meant to be an insult. In fact most people may read that as a compliment. But really to me this is what I hear... "you look gaunt or bony." or "do you have an eating disorder or something?"
Listen. I've been the true meaning of the word skinny. I had unhealthy eating habits, I was undernourished and truly skeletal. It's not something I ever want to be in my life again.
Today... I am no longer skinny. Does that mean I am overweight and unhealthy? No it does not, I strive to be healthy. I enjoy REAL food and most importantly I lead an active lifestyle. I actually have no idea what to call my body type. And honestly I don't care. I am healthy and I am happy. That is all that matters. I won't label my body and I will not accept the labels others place on it either.
Skinny is a word that I am adding to my list of dirty words that I will not use.... I will no longer label my foods as skinny, and I most certainly will not use skinny as a way to describe someone else.
What does the word skinny mean to you??