Labels destroy more than your self image


Vanessa Salcedo

Anorexia: An eating disorder that makes people lose more weight than is considered healthy for their age and  height. Persons with this disorder may have an intense fear of weight gain, even when they are underweight. They may diet or exercise too much or use other ways to lose weight.

I may be labeled as anorexic at first sight, but I am not anorexic. Because that is all it is, a label.

Not only must people go about facing criticism of others, but especially their own poor self-image.

People have come to see it as “speaking their mind” but their opinion could never be less cared for, unless what they’re saying is felt to be true.

Ever since fifth grade I have been labeled as “anorexic” because of my thigh gap.

I do not have an eating disorder, on the contrary, I now see myself as too skinny, and constantly compare myself to girls who have thighs that touch. I am not anorexic.

But, I have met many girls who actually are, and they would kill, maybe even themselves, to have that petite body I have come to hate.

So, I’m “too skinny,” I must be anorexic right?

That girl’s bestfriend is a guy, she must be a hoe.

He stays after school to study, must be because he is Asian.

She’s too friendly? Only because she is Christian.

He does not wear Jordans, he’s just poor.

They wear black? Stay away from the emos.

Labeling only hurts and destroys not only your self-image, but your race, religion, and who you are as a person.

When will these labels go too far? Must one come to school with cuts on their wrist to finally be noticed? Or is that too attention seeking for you?

Must one even commit suicide for everyone to mourn the tragic death of someone so young and beautiful? Or is that what they deserved?

I guarentee you, there is nothing attention seeking about hating who you are, because of what someone who doesn’t even know your name labeled you.

No one deserves to finally be noticed in their coffin.