When I read today's Women's Health online article about women being bashed for being too skinny, I didn't know if I should discuss it here in my beauty blog or in my Tumblr personal blog. But since health is also under the beauty category (who can be beautiful without being healthy??), I decided this blog is the right platform.

In the said article, Actress Gal Gadot has been getting a lot of flack for being "too skinny" to play Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman. I have my own share of bashing recently. Bashing might be too strong of a word to use, maybe snide remarks would be more appropriate. 

You see lately, I've been going through a stressful time. From back to back makeup bookings to the tedious wedding planning, it wouldn't be a surprise I missed a meal or two every now and then. Note that it was never intentional, my friends can attest how much I eat when I get the chance to. Also, it's been a month since I last went to my workout studio but I still try to do yoga with my downloaded iTunes Podcasts at home. It had been a crazy, erratic three months that started last December, but things are starting to slow down now. 

This Women's Health article tells us that skinny girls can be strong girls too; and why to think otherwise is wrong.

Published by Katy Lindenmuth of Women's Health Magazine:

Wonder Woman has certainly had to deal with a lot of crap lately. Actress Gal Gadot, who is prepping for her star turn as the iconic female hero in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman, happens to also be a model. And her genetically thin frame has caused a stir among hardcore comic fans, who say she’s too waiflike and too weak for the role.

 And you know what? That's complete nonsense. Gadot has said that she’s been doing “a thousand and one things” to gain body mass in preparation for the role, including kung fu, kickboxing, and jujutsu. And just this week, she posted a photo of her bicep on Facebook (above), to show off how hard she's been working. 

That being said, even if she weren’t ramping up her exercise regimen, the body shaming is super rude... and super misguided. (Related: Has Anyone Ever Told You to "Go Eat a Cheeseburger"?) 

It's very hard to tell how healthy or fit or in shape someone is just by looking at them. Rather than calling out what you perceive to be an unhealthy lifestyle, what you're very possibly doing is just straight-up body snarking. “Making a cursory judgment about someone’s health and fitness level is foolish business,” says personal trainer Jen Sinkler, founder of the fitness website Thrive. There are a few factors at play, she says, with the main one being body type: All of us are some combination of ectomorph (people who are naturally skinny and have a tough time putting on muscle or fat), mesomorph (people who put on muscle very easily and generally have an athletic build), and endomorph (people who have a natural tendency toward roundness and put on muscle and fat easily). “So when you criticize someone for being too anything, you may very well be criticizing her genetic predisposition,” Sinkler adds. “Pretty harsh!” 

Bottom line: You can’t tell how strong or healthy someone is just by looking at them, and the body snarking and thin-shaming on Gal Gadot (and all skinny girls) has got to stop. 

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And the same goes for shapely girls who are happy with their size!