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Okay well I have seen a few posts about people's concerns with being too skinny, but hear me out. I'm 5'8 and only weigh like 97 pounds! I've NEVER had a problem with eating, and I eat a lot more than some other people I know because I snack A LOT. I occasionaly eat junk food, but for the most part I would consider my diet healthy. I don't play any sports. I've always been very skinny, and my brother and sister are thin, but not as thin as me. My mom was also fairly thin when she was my age. Doctors that I go to always question me on how much I eat, and I have had blood work done to make sure nothing was wrong, and the results all turned out fine. I just don't gain weight. Besides having to get blood work done, since the results showed nothing wrong, my doctor hasn't really addressed the issue any further. I guess that means that I am okay? But I hate all the comments I get from people. Like I sometimes hear people whispering like "oh my god look how skinny she is! She's annorexic!" I just want to know, is it okay to be this skinny if it runs in my family and I'm generally healthy?
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I don't see how there should be anything wrong with you as long as you're eating well and leading a generally active life. (walking, biking, etc) It really does come down to genetics regarding weight: if members of your family are naturally thin, it's only logical that you'd likely end up that way, too. It's the same thing with people who are larger sizes as well; your genetics have a lot of say in what your weight will be.

As a fellow tall/thin person, I can definitely sympathize with people calling you skinny and anorexic. When I was a teenager my mother would routinely fuss worry over me and say "Are you SURE you're not bulemic??" and that was back when I weighed MORE than I do now.
People would always say to me, "you're so skinny!" which insulted me because I wish I wasn't. You wouldn't go up to an overweight person and say "you're so fat!" would you? Bah. .

What I would recommend is ignoring these people and if they're still bothering you about it, call them out on it with something like, "I'm not anorexic so stop calling me that, it's really bothering me."

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Don't worry, I have exactly the same problem. I can eat anything, but I don't gain weight. I do exercise and everything, but people keep thinking I have to have an eating disorder of some sort since I am so tall and thin.
I used to get really angry when people asked me if I was anorexic, but since they didn't stop, I just ignore them or calmly ask them to stop. It doesn't work, but I'm now used to the comments.

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I've been both very skinny and slightly chubby in my 19 years of life, and I know how it feels to be called skinny wishing I was fatter, and called fat wishing I was skinnier. I'm naturally skinny, but medicine I was on put weight on me. After I gained weight, I felt the difference, an dI didn't like it much. What I want to say is that people who are skinny always wish they were fatter and people who are fat always wish they were skinnier. This means there's good things whether you're fat or skinny, and the best thing to do is to accept the way you are, and to think about the advantages of being skinny. After all, a LOT of people wish they were like you.

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In response to the previous post, there ARE a lot of people who do wish they couldn't gain weight. I, personally, cannot eat much without gaining weight. Even if I go one weekend where I eat normally, (not alot, just normal amounts)I will gain 5 pounds. 5 pounds in 3 days! However, my best friend has the same problem of not being able to gain weight.

My only solution is to embrace our bodies and how we look. And remember, you are your own wort critic

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I have this same "problem." Though I'm really not that tall (5'5), I'm very thin. However, I have never in my life dieted, and although I try to eat healthy most of the time, I do snack..a lot. I just don't gain weight. My mom has never questioned if I was anorexic or something, but she always tells me to eat more..especially when she sees my hip bones sticking out (which, btw, I don't even like). I tell her I eat plenty!! AAAnyway..I know how you feel when people comment about your being thin..I get that too. I always think that people truly believe I have some kind of eating disorder.


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if you do want to gain weight, there are simple changes to your diet and exercise that can do it.

Seems you have a very high metabolism, and pretty much burn everything you eat. If you do want to put on weight, make sure it's lean muscle and not fat.

Eat lots of high protein food and exercise lightly and maybe it should be better.

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