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A thin woman could only ever be a deliriously happy woman, or so the thinking seems to go. Not for her the frustrations of battling unsightly bulges and straining seams, or the indignity of spilling onto the neighbouring seats in the theatre. Well, as a lifelong skinny-minny, I can assure you that being thin poses as many problems as being overweight - not least because while 'fat-shaming' is deemed deeply Slim older women, prejudice against slim people is seen as acceptable. If, like me, you're over 50 and can still slip into the same size 6 jeans you wore in your 20s, then you're a prime target for cruel taunts.
And the result of all this 'skinny shaming'? Older women like me, who are riddled with insecurities. Slim older women my figure might draw admiring glances from men - from the back, at least - women's responses are a whole lot frostier. Because I've had the temerity to remain trim over a certain age, I seem to be a magnet for barbed comments - often dressed up as faux-concern - which come as thick and fast as the expanding waistlines of those who make them.
And so it goes on and on, to the extent that anyone would think that being thin was a heinous crime. These comments might delight anyone on a diet, but for me they simply serve as a reminder of my flat chest, barely-existent bottom and increasingly gaunt face - and how I have always longed for curves.
While being lissom in one's youth is acceptable, almost expected, the unpalatable truth is that our society seems to expect any woman over 50 to succumb to the dreaded middle-aged spread. If, instead, like me, she still has Slim older women same skinny figure she had in her 20s, she is regarded with suspicion and disapproval in equal measure. We live in a world which is obsessed with being slim, yet quickly condemns anyone who manages to live up to that ideal.
Therapist Marisa Peer, whose slim size 8 figure and glossy blonde hair make her look much younger than her 52 years, has certainly fielded her share of jealous insults. As Marisa specialises in treating people with eating issues, she is more forgiving of the 'skinny shamers' than most: 'I work with many clients who struggle daily with their weight, so I understand it can be galling to see slimness come so easily to some and not others.
My slender eight-stone frame certainly seems to rile other women - especially given that my diet is rich in pasta, butter, cream, chocolate and champagne. Indeed it seems that the older I get, the thinner I become. I've been thoroughly checked out by my GP who, like me, has concluded that my thinness must be genetic, since I come from a family of slim people. My grandmother and mother were just the same. As their friends ballooned they both got thinner and thinner.
Although children never happened for me, their experience is proof that bearing offspring doesn't mean you have to put on weight. But while being skinny in middle-age might be a dream for many, I would remind those who envy me that it comes at a price - a plump and youthful face. I am constantly reminded of Barbara Cartland's adage that, after 40, a woman must choose between Slim older women face and her figure. Julia, pictured here aged 40 on holiday in the South of France, says her slim figure is down to genetics. Only for women like me, who struggle to put on weight, it's not a choice, it's genetics.
If the choice were mine, I certainly wouldn't look 15 years younger from the back than from the front - as proved by the lascivious young man who, last year, admired Slim older women from behind only to loudly voice his disappointment when he got a close-up of my year-old face. Fortunately my year-old partner is, like most of the men I've been out with, simply relieved to have found a slim girlfriend who eats normally and isn't interested in counting calories.
We've been together eight years, and he is still bemused at how much I can put away: 'You're always eating! Of course, I realise that I am the exception to the general rule. The average woman has, statistics say, been on a staggering 61 diets by the time she is 45 - and I know some readers will be counting their calories on one right now. I see most of my peers struggling every day of their lives to keep the pounds off - regretfully turning down treats from the office sugar-pusher, or forgoing what they fancy on the restaurant menu in favour of a side salad - so when I complain that I have the opposite problem, perhaps it is understandable that sympathy is in short supply.
But while some would dub me a winner in the genetic lottery, I would kill for Nigella Lawson's curves and voluptuous lustre - despite regularly indulging in many of her recipes, I still look like a scrawny boy. Julia aged 30 l and today r. She is a stone lighter than when she was in her 20s but 'looks worse'. Let's face it - Slim older women isn't sexy. And all the rhetoric about 'real' women having curves only gets worse as women get older, when we supposedly develop Slim older women bosoms and 'motherly' figures. Moreover, my attempts to eat a fat-building diet leave me feeling constantly queasy and tired, and my doctor has warned me that I have high cholesterol.
I have asked for dietary advice but it is always: 'eat more'. If only it were so simple. The internet is awash with skinnies like me, asking for ways to gain weight. Most supplements are aimed at body-building men and while steroids might help me balloon a bit, even I wouldn't go that far although I have thought about it.
I eat twice as much as I did in my 20s when I looked betteronly to find myself a stone lighter now than then. Maybe it's true that dieting itself makes you fat? I've never dieted, so my metabolism has never had a chance to slow down. A quarter of adults admit feeling guilty after eating, with one in six women skipping meals to keep slim. It's not as if I even exercise. My boyfriend does all the dog walking - I don't even leave my house save the occasional errand. These days I Slim older women to expend as few calories as possible, and don't give a fig about being unfit.
Yet, while my slender figure might provoke envy from other women, they certainly don't covet my wardrobe. Just as those desperate to drop a dress size might struggle to find fashion that fits, coming across an age-appropriate outfit for a fifty-something size 6 is rarer than a leftover biscuit at Overeaters Anonymous. A something skinny can stock up on tiny tops and tight skirts at Topshop and Jack Wills and look fantastic.
We ageing skinnies risk looking like mutton dressed as lamb if we wear any of the outfits which fit us properly. Julia, pictured at 18 on holiday, says as she has never dieted her metabolism hasn't slowed down. My frustration with being skinny is so long-standing that about a decade ago, sick of my lack of curves, I had breast augmentation surgery, which took me from a C to an E cup.
But I didn't like the way I looked - like a lollipop with disproportionately large breasts - so I decided to have them removed again eight years later. More recently, I Slim older women thought about having facial fillers to try to plump out some of the fast-gathering wrinkles around my eyes and mouth, but always hold off in the hope that I might be able to put on that elusive extra stone, which I know would fill out my face more naturally.
In the meantime, unkind comments are something I have to contend with on a regular basis. Although I have grown more used to them over the years, that doesn't make the barbs any more welcome. I am puzzled as to why people who have no problem voicing their repugnance at the hint of a ribcage or the sight of a collarbone would never dream of judging larger ladies so openly, for fear of being accused of 'fattism'. In fact, it's usually overweight women who feel free to pass judgement, which makes me assume they must be motivated by jealousy. When they make a bitchy remark about how thin I am, I'd love to reply: 'Gosh, you're looking fat.
Have you put on weight? You're simply bursting out of your clothes. This is usually received with outrage, but I admire her chutzpah. We live in a world where clothing manufacturers label bigger clothes with smaller sizes so their expanding customers won't feel so bad about their weight, and organisations like the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance have swelled in to try to make people feel better about being big.
Of course it's good news that it is unacceptable to shame fat people, but why should skinny-bashing still be an Slim older women sport? Most women may think all their problems in life would be solved if only they were thinner. I am living proof that is not the case. It may seem churlish to Slim older women - I should be grateful to be reasonably healthy and have a full set of limbs, I know - but if I were plumper not only would I be more attractive, but life would be much simpler.
In my awkward, adolescent years, I imagined that by this ripe old age I would have left anxieties about my body behind and finally be at ease with my scrawny figure; but the opposite is true. It's impossible to feel comfortable in your own thin skin, when plump women of a certain age delight in telling you how awful it looks. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. Argos AO.
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