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Dear Poll: Slightly Bigger and Healthy or Thin and Unhealthy?

We're bombarded every day with images of skinny women on magazine covers, in commercials, and on our TV screens, which is probably why so many people strive to be thin.

In the April issue of Glamour magazine, 82 percent of women polled said they'd rather be slightly bigger and healthy than very thin and unhealthy. While I happen to agree, I actually thought more women would have admitted to taking drastic measures to be thin. Since this is an anonymous poll, tell me which you'd rather be.


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nursebetty nursebetty 8 years
I'm 5'9'' and weight 115lb. I am small boned though. I go to the gym 5-6 days a week, walk everywhere or cycle and eat healthy 80% of the time. My BMI says I am underweight but I don't look it. I look healthy and toned, slim but not skinny. I would hate to be fat, rather be a bit too skinny but feel I havea great balance now.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
chaton, excellent link to those photos of Nicole Richie. I don't see how anyone could look at her and find that attractive. Blech!
OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 8 years
I understand what you are saying pop. And I didn't mean to make anyone upset. :/ But I just think thinner is better than fatter.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
I'm 5'8" also and surprised by the weights posted by others of my same height. At 5'8, if you weigh more than 165, your BMI is over 25. That's overweight, not healthy. I don't know how it can be interpreted as "not fat". Overweight and fat are synonymous.
nisseki nisseki 8 years
I don't even feel like I should be answering this one because I still struggle with my eating disorder. I'm 5'6" and 115 pounds now, so I'm doing better at trying to be healthy (as compared to the 95 pounds I was before) but it's still a struggle just to get to this point.. so I'd still say thin and unhealthy.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
The thinner you are the prettier you are. I'll beg to differ on that point. I kind of have this issue in real life. If I eat well, and I exercise regularly, I'm a size 6. (it feels plump on my short frame, plus the only other girl I hang out with is a size 0 when she's not pregnant) Or, I can go back to my high school eating habits of under 500 calories per day, and I can get back down to hovering between a 2 and a 4. It's obvious which is healthier for me, and it took me years, but I'd rather be a plump girl who's allowed an occasional indulgence (like a birthday cupcake) than one who would eat that cupcake and then eat nothing but celery the rest of the day.
khadeekiinsz khadeekiinsz 8 years
Im 5'8..173 lbs. I think I have an amazing body. Colthes fit me, I have nice boobs, Im curvy. I guess alot of women on here would think its disgusting. But sometimes those numbers dont mean a thing. Im not fat at all, Im also not a stick figure.
totygoliguez totygoliguez 8 years
Not thin and unhealthily, but I don't want to be bigger ether, I'm in my perfect weight right now, I love my body, and I'm healthy and that's all that matters to me. I don't want to be bigger because I don't like the way I look when I'm bigger.
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
I'd kill to gain some meat.. I'm in the same boat as Tidal (or then-Tidal). I could eat all the crap I want and (with the exception of my thunder thighs) I have no idea where it all goes. I'm 5'3" and always in the 105-115 range. No more, no less. I hate it.
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I'm thin and healthy. I exercise and eat right?
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I used to be fat and unhealthy, so I decided to start eating healthier and exercising and I started to lose weight. For a while, I was both big and healthy, but since I continued to follow a healthy lifestyle, my weight went down enough so that I was thin AND healthy. I'm thin, but I don't believe in being thin at all costs...being too thin sacrifices your bones and muscles and you'll probalby end up gaining weight later on anyway because you'll ruin your metabolism.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I'm going to reiterate what zeze said. Obviously everyone would want to be thin and healthy if that were a choice. And, in the real world, it obviously is. But the point of this poll is to pick a lesser of two evils.
Manoukia Manoukia 8 years
Thin and healthy! I'm a former ballet dancer, still work out regularly and eat everything I feel like eating, and that includes sweets, desserts, and the once-a-month or so junk food attack.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Zeze and pop, you both said what I was thinking!
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
"The thinner you are the prettier you are. Who wants to be fat?" I beg to disagree. Anoerexic people are not attractive to look at. All their bones are pushing through their skin, their arms are growing thick hair to try to keep them warm, their regular hair is falling out because the body is trying to conserve energy. Not to mention, I've never met an anoerexic person in a good mood, so usually a nice sourpuss look on their face corresponding to sustained lack of enjoyment for months on end. I can look at a fat person up and down but I cannot look at an anoerexic person. It literally makes me sick to my stomach.
LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
A little bigger and healthy. If you are starving yourself you are not enjoying the fine things in life, like good food, good wine and good chocolate :)
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I'm happy with a healthy BMI. Any one who calls me fat can go stuff themselves. :p
davetherave davetherave 8 years
I was watching a M*A*S*H rerun and Margaret - 'Hot Lips' - asked Frank if he thought she was fat. His reply was classic. "That just means there's more of you to love." LOL
OhMyDragonflys OhMyDragonflys 8 years
The thinner you are the prettier you are. Who wants to be fat?
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 8 years
I wish I could gain about 5-10 lbs.
KibzeeLovee KibzeeLovee 8 years
i could never. i love food too much.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
i'd never be thin and unhealthy because i love food too much and wouldn't be willing to starve myself or go on crazy drugs or diet stuff, but i would rather be thin and healthy. I'd love to be thinner than i am now but not by much. at 5'8" and 170 pounds i FEEL unhealthy and overweight. i am a lot of muscle from doing a muscle heavy sport in highschool, but still i'd love to lose the fat i've packed on from eating junky food and sitting at a desk all day at work.
hithatsmybike hithatsmybike 8 years
I don't know, the thought of being either 10lbs lighter or 10lbs heavier than my current weight both make me sick to think about, even though neither pushes me out of my healthy BMI range. I don't think there's a lesser evil of the two really, both look really gross to me.
austerity austerity 8 years
Too thin is ugly anyway in my opinion. Healthy, curvaceous and toned is the best thing both for health and for beauty.
jueycruiser jueycruiser 8 years
bigger and healthy. it would be no fun to live life unhealthy and sick!!
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