Watch This Brilliant Takedown of the Double Standard for Plus-Size Women and Junk Food

"If I were 120 pounds eating a pizza in my underwear on Tumblr I would be 'quirky,' and 'cute,' and 'real.'"

Last week, Youtuber Meghan Tonjes posted a video called "Hate the Donut, Not the Fatty," in response to #donutgate (aka the infamous recently leaked video in which pop singer Ariana Grande licks a donut and says she hates America). 

At the two-minute mark, Tonjes uses the incident to make some very serious points about how differently society treats slim women versus plus-size women when it comes to eating junk food.

"If I were 120 pounds eating a pizza in my underwear on Tumblr I would be 'quirky,' and 'cute,' and 'real.' But if I'm 300 pounds and I'm eating
pizza in my underwear, people are like: 'You're killing yourself, you're
disgusting, you're everything that's wrong with America.'"

It's strange to think that with everything we know about nutrition, people still don't seem to grasp that one's body shape isn't always a reflection of what they eat and how much of it they consume.

"The amount of times I've been told in my life by friends, 'You really don't eat that much more than I do. People are shocked that someone who looks like me doesn't sit all day on the couch and eat pizza...We live in a culture that glorifies food, but then we hate the people who represent that we believe are representative of that sinful desire for food."

The video is now going viral, no doubt because it makes the seemingly obvious but often forgotten fact that you should never make assumptions about a person's diet based on their appearance, because at the end of the day you just don't know. 

Diana Bruk
Diana Bruk

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