I'm genuinely curious. Name the actual conditions. There are tons, so it should be easy, right? The whole idea of making someone else research it themselves kind of makes it seem as if you never have researched it yourself. I can't find a common medical condition that would cause someone to be severely underweight with treatment. Size is very much still within the average person's control. A medical condition would relate more to able bodied privilege than thin privilege.
Anything which causes malasbortion, there are many. Some people just have high 'metabolic rates.' Other times some conditions cause people to lose weight instead of gain weight. Feel free to google them.
The fashion industry is literally built on thin people. Up until VERY recently all new fashion models were stick thin.
I'm not even gonna bother going further on this.
If we're talking about fashion shows, you have to realize that's art. The designer cares more about the look than the buyer. They're artists. Model shapes come and go in fads, just like any form of art. Most of what goes into runways during fashion week isn't meant to be worn by anyone, it's a statement piece. You really can't compare them to everyday dress. If you're talking about advertising, nobody looks like the models in advertising, not even thin people. I'm very against unrealistic expectations, but I don't equate it with thin privilege. It's an issue that affects everyone, and dividing it between fat and thin negates the bigger issue itself.
Maybe it makes more sense to you now. I don't believe thin privilege exists because the examples of it are usually examples of some other sociatal problem masqueraded. It's taking away from the actual issue because you just divide the people affected by the problem.
No common medical conditions would cause anything significant while under treatment or when in remission. You can still gain weight. It's harder, yes, but still very much a possibility. When medical conditions that can do so to someone are ignored, its more of an able bodied problem than a body size problem. These medical conditions are (thankfully) not common, but I do conceded they exist. I don't see them as privilege.
Disorders include hyperthyroidism, inflamed tonsils, appendix problems, dysmenorrhea, ovarian cysts, cancer, intestinal parasites, stress in certain individuals, viral infections, bacterial infections, intestinal disorders like Crohns which cause malabsorbtion of nutrients, celiac disease, gastroparesis, and the disorder that I have called Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome. Considering 90% of serotonin is utilized in the digestive tract to cause peristalsis, mood disorders can cause problems with digestion such as IBS which is why it has such a high comorbidity with depression and anxiety.
Thin runs in my family but didn't necessarily reach me. My father's side had all boys that were incredibly athletic and rail thin. My sister was the same way. When she was 16 she had tonsil problems on top of it until she got the removed and once was 5'10" and 118 pounds. She was always teased and accused of being anorexic despite what I knew where she ate like a ravenous dog whenever she came home from track or cross country. She was hypoglycemic and genuinely couldn't get enough calories in her sometimes to support her basal metabolic rate.
Hopefully those genuine medical conditions and my own anecdote help understand that yes, some people are genuinely that thin and really, really wish they weren't.
Your sister is anecdotal, but she clearly wasn't eating right. Hypoglycemia is a medical condition she should have been seeing a dietician for. People do have different basal metabolic rates, which just means every person has to adjust according to their own needs. It's something people should be aware of, and something they very much can work around.
Not always, but it's not exactly common for weight not to be in someone's control. The average person does not have gastroporesis. It's a rare disease.
Except that you said above that they aren't given anything. So, to you, privileged is about getting something.
And weight isn't always in someone's control. I know a few people on feeding tubes because they have gastroporesis like @Tetiel mentioned.
Not given in the sense that someone is handed over privilege. Given like the invsivle knapsack. People with privilege are given advantages by that privilege itself.
I'm kind of curious what your definition of privilege is now. I've seen so many different ones. It seems like everyone has their own idea of what privilege means.
Edited by MozzarellaSticks, 14 July 2016 - 11:55 AM.