Why the word “SKINNY” shouldn’t be on the menu!

Why the word "SKINNY" shouldn't be on the menu!

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I know, such a different post from me today, huh?!

But this has been on my mind for a while, and I thought it would be the perfect thing to discuss on my blog.

[LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE was started in the first place not to just share fabulous recipes, but to discuss food related topics and issues that i’m passionate about.]

So, what exactly do I mean by the word “SKINNY” shouldn’t be on a menu??

First off, what’s the actual definition of the word SKINNY?

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary it is: “very thin or too thin.”

Here’s the thing….it’s no news flash to hear that people obsess over their body image these days, right?

Why the word "SKINNY" shouldn't be on the menu!

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People are comparing themselves to the models that grace the cover of magazines looking oh so perfect imprinting unrealistic body images in their head….and what do most people associate with having the perfect body? Being SKINNY.

Why the word "SKINNY" shouldn't be on the menu!

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Well why the hell are we throwing SKINNY into recipe titles, food descriptions and on menus –

SKINNY pizza, SKINNY cake, SKINNY pasta, SKINNY drink….

I see it everywhere these days…all over Pinterest especially.

We are essentially promoting people to care more about their body image of being SKINNY (very thin or too thin) than to focus on healthful eating and being fit.

Not to mention, I find it rather embarrassing when you are out to eat at a restaurant wanting to order something a bit healthier and the word SKINNY is in the title of the entree. You don’t need to let the whole table know you are trying to be healthier.

Why the word "SKINNY" shouldn't be on the menu!

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I’m all about healthful and mindful eating. I don’t eat my fruits and vegetables to necessarily be SKINNY.

I want to be HEALTHY and FIT 😉

I have committed myself to try to never use the word skinny on my blog. There are plenty of other words that offer more positive connotations like “light” or “healthy.”

I know many of my fellow food bloggers use the word SKINNY, and that’s totally fine, no disrespect.

I just wanted to shed some light on this!

Words are powerful. We should all be more mindful to the meaning behind the words we use.

Here are some interesting articles I found online relating to this issue of being SKINNY.

“Jennifer Lawrence will not bend to Hollywood pressures of being skinny”

Brown University – Body Image

Huffington Post – “The Skinny of Fashions Body Image Issue”

Please share your thoughts on this topic? Do you agree, disagree? Maybe you think i’m crazy….would love to hear :)

  • Patricia Ryan Robinson

    I agree. I’m not a fan of the word “skinny” and much prefer “healthy.” I admire you for posting about this difficult topic!

    • kellyjanke2

      Ohh thank you for saying that Patricia! I was a bit hesitant to post this because like you said it’s a difficult topic, but it’s how I feel. It’s ok for people to agree and disagree with me. Happy you think the same 😉

  • http://www.spoonfulofflavor.com/ Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    I love hearing your thoughts on this issue. I’ve always believed in eating anything in moderation and exercising regularly to be fit. And things don’t necessary have to be “skinny” to be healthy so it is a false message anyway. Good discussion!

    • kellyjanke2

      Yes, exactly Ashley totally agree with you! Thank you for being apart of the discussion and telling me your thoughts – much appreciated! I don’t think people mean to say SKINNY in a negative way 😉

  • http://philosophyandcake.blogspot.com BabyJune

    I agree, it is annoying when bloggers describe their “healthy” recipes as “skinny”. I imagine it is partly due to bandwagon but still, it’s lazy and promotes the wrong message. Fit and healthy all the way!

    • kellyjanke2

      It is probably just the fact everyone uses it, and the word gets overlooked. Promotes the wrong message in my book. Thank you so much for telling me your viewpoint 😉 Appreciate it and happy you agree!

  • http://www.treatswithatwist.com/ Melissa @ Treats With a Twist

    So true. Recently I went to a restaurant and the only thing I wanted to order was called the “diet special omelette” so…I didn’t order it! I was too embarrassed to ask for that!
    As for recipes, I’m guilty of naming things “skinny” bc most of my recipes are healthier anyways. It’s too easy to use cutesy names like “skinny shake” bc it’s eye catching and appealing. Oops.

    • kellyjanke2

      Ok, i’m happy i’m not alone with the ordering food situation, Melissa! Why can’t it just be the special omelette? SO many restaurants use these kinds of words, and it’s beyond annoying. Totally agree with you on the cutesy name thing – i’ve been close to naming things with SKINNY and using it myself. Thanks so much for the awesome feedback!! Love the response.

  • http://www.heartbeetkitchen.com/ Amanda Paa

    Great post – I totally believe that “skinny” does not equate to healthy. The reason we eat is not to be skinny, but to nourish our body and souls. It seriously drives me crazy that I see it everywhere on Pinterest.

    • kellyjanke2

      Exactly, totally agree. The two words have completely different meanings. I hope people think twice before they use the word SKINNY. Thanks so much for joining the discussion, Amanda :)

  • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

    I’m super guilty of using “skinny” to describe recipes. It really shouldn’t be such a buzz word.

    • kellyjanke2

      You know I still love and respect you and your wonderful recipes Natalie 😀 I just don’t like the meaning behind the word. Thanks for reading it 😉

      • Natalie @ Tastes Lovely

        I know! The goal shouldn’t be “skinny”, it should be “healthy”. Our culture is just a wee bit too obsessed with looks, and not with overall health. This is a great reminder! You’re just the best Kelly : )

  • http://www.thesweet-toothlife.com/ Mary Frances

    You are definitely not crazy! I’ve done papers on this, too, skinny is NOT healthy! And I agree, its so embarrassing to ask for the skinny recipes because I’m not trying to lose weight, I just want to put the best option into my body. It totally promotes the wrong thing and I’m glad you posted this. I’m guilty of using skinny, but as you said, its not so much the word, but the motive and meaning behind it. I’ll definitely think twice before using/saying it! Great post, Kelly!

    • kellyjanke2

      Mary, thank you so much for your kind comment and viewpoint!! Really makes me happy to know I wasn’t crazy. You know how sometimes you think you’re the only one who thinks something…usually is never true. Have a wonderful Memorial Weekend 😀

  • http://www.foodfaithfitness.com Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Kelly, I love this post! I know that I am SO guilty of throwing “skinny” into recipe titles just because it gets attention – but I also HATE THE WORD SO MUCH. I am always trying to just be fit and healthy as well. This is beautiful and I am so glad you posted it. I am going to be MUCH more aware of using that word now! Thanks beautiful girl! oxox

    • kellyjanke2

      Thanks for your awesome response Taylor!! You know I still love you even if you use SKINNY 😉 I know you’re all about being fit since it’s in your blog title and vibe! You’re inspirational in what you do, really. Hope you had a wonderful long weekend!