8 Scenarios Only Skinny People Will Understand

By Patti Sunio

Aside from automatically assuming that your goal in life is to gain weight, here are eight other common scenarios skinny people often experience from the world:

1. Strangers comparing and measuring your body parts.


I’m sure you’ve had your fair share of random people (yes, even the ones you’ve just met!) measuring your wrist or your arm without your consent. And it’s funny when they begin making approximate comparisons, such as “hita mo, braso ko na!” or “kalahati ka lang ni [insert name of overweight person]”. LOL, really??

2. Effortlessly squeezing in wherever.


You smirk at “waluhan” or “sampuhan” jeeps because no matter the seat count, you’ll definitely fit in. Sometimes, you can squeeze yourself into the tiniest inch on the jeepney seat that’s probably just worth P4 instead of the regular P8.

Likewise, when it’s rush hour and sardinas-like on the MRT, you can be the last passenger to get in. As the buzzer beeps and the doors are about to close, you’ll glide your way through the last, teeny tiny spot like it’s nothing.


3. Constantly being asked if you eat.

From classmates to co-workers, you’ve heard of this all too often: “kumakain ka ba?” But seriously, there are many other factors contributing to thin-ness other than food, like eating habits, food choices, genetic makeup, amount of daily activity and movement, metabolism, et cetera. While food is a huge factor, it’s not all there is to it.

4. Shocking people with your visible bones and joints.


To you it’s normal, to the world it’s a revelation. “OMG, buto yan?” they say, pointing at the joints near your elbows or the ones on your knees. The same reaction is elicited when they hug you and feel your bony self or when you bare your abs and they see a slight glimpse of your rib cage. Like, OMG!!!!!

5. A non-reaction to your “weight gain”

Maybe you’ve been skinny all your life, but there are still certain phases when you were slightly less skinny or even skinnier. High school may probably be a stressful period and you lost weight then, and when you finally started earning your own money, you kind of gained back the weight—and even put on some more. Surprise, surprise, no one’s going to believe you.

6. Being on the receiving end of food donations.


The world automatically thinks you’re in need of food. Can’t finish the extra bag of chips a co-worker bought? It’s offered to the skinniest in the room, a.k.a. you. Sleeping over at your friend’s house? Your friend’s mom, dad, brother, sister, and helper automatically gives you just so. much. food. Plus take-home baon.


7. Having been told “Sa’yo nalang fats ko!


This usually happens when two ~relatively~ overweight people are talking about their supposed “fats”. They survey the room and look for a skinny person. They assume you have extra space in your body to store more fats and say wishful things such as transferring their excess fats onto you.

8. Having people guess your size, waistline, weight, etc.


When you go shopping with a friend and you ask for an XS, they are shookt to the core. Your friend will declare that he or she has never met anyone as tiny as you and continue marvelling at your petite frame. He or she may also spread the rumor that your waistline is only a mere 18 inches.


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