"A salad? That's all you want? You should eat something else."
"You're going to have more? That's a lot of cookies."
"That has a ton of calories. Like, more than you should have in an entire day."
All of the above are things I've been told recently (and I could list many, many more). Food shaming is everywhere, and it's getting on my nerves.
People seem to think that it's their duty to comment on just about everything I put in my mouth - whether it's "too healthy" or "not healthy enough." And social media only amplifies food policing. There's the Instagram account called @youdidnoteatthat, featuring photos of girls (every now and then a guy) eating something decadent and calorie laden and tagged with the phrase "you didn't eat that." Um, how do you know whether they ate that or not? Why is it any of your damn business? And there are plenty of nasty people hiding behind computer screens commenting on other people's body types, food choice, etc. UGH. I'm so over it. Why is our society so obsessed with what women eat? No one's commenting on guy's insta photos of pizza and beer, and I guarantee complete strangers don't police what men buy at checkout lines (at least not as frequently as they harass women). Don't comment on how I'm only buying healthy things and that I should eat a cheeseburger. Don't tell me how unhealthy the pint of Ben and Jerry's in my cart is, and how it'll ruin my physique.
I'm all for being aware of what I put in my body, but that's my responsibility. I don't need the random guy scanning my groceries to assume he knows what I need/don't need. And I definitely don't need anonymous assholes on the internet shaming me for what I do or don't eat. You want to eat a cheese covered burger, go for it. You think soda is the worst thing ever, fine, don't drink it. But stop policing everything other people are eating/not eating.
Now, I'm going to go eat a delicious bowl of grilled veggies and follow it up with a bunch of dark chocolate peanut butter cups.
Nom nom nom!