'Stop body shaming me for being too thin'

Ildiko Balint was body shamed for being
Ildiko Balint was body shamed for being "too thin". Photo Contributed Contributed

A TOOWOOMBA mother has hit back at a woman who body shamed her for being too thin, saying no-one should be made to feel miserable.

Ildiko Balint was upset by a woman rudely laughed at her for not eating bread.

"It wasn't the first time and I'm sure it wasn't the last time either. But this is the first time it annoyed me enough to say something about it," she said.

"We live in a sad world where it's frowned upon to make comments about fat people but it's socially acceptable and funny to shame skinny people like I am."

The incident happened on Sunday when a woman laughed at her for not taking a piece of bread offered as part of her lunch.

The woman said: "Yeah you don't look like someone who likes bread."

When Ms Balint asked what she meant the woman "just looked at her from head to toe", grunted and then laughed with her friend.

"I didn't take that bread because my son - who I breastfeed - is intolerant to gluten and dairy and has terrible eczema due to it.

"Not like this is her business so I just smiled and walked away."

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Ms Balint said it was common, with men also making rude remarks.

On Saturday a man said, "only dogs play with bones" to her.

The man also suggested she "grow some boobs and maybe a butt to look more acceptable".

Someone asked her once if she had tapeworm or some kind of eating disorder.

Ms Balint, 48kg, is naturally skinny and said she didn't starve herself or make herself vomit.

Ildiko Balint was body shamed for being
Ildiko Balint was body shamed for being "too thin". Photo Contributed Contributed

"People who know me know that I've looked like this in my entire life.

"I just got the skinny gene from my mum and a super-fast metabolism.

"Even if I ate a whole loaf of that bread for lunch it wouldn't make a difference in my weight.

"I've been this way for as long as I remember and I've always had people thinking it's okay to make fun of me or make me feel miserable."

As a child, her parents kept insisting that she eat more because they were convinced that there was something wrong with her.

Ildiko Balint was body shamed for being
Ildiko Balint was body shamed for being "too thin". Photo Contributed Contributed

She has a message for Toowoomba: "I have no issues. You have issues. If you think it's a good idea to make any comment about someone's weight or figure, that says more about you than me.

"So next time you see someone who doesn't exactly fit your idea of 'normal' - think, smile and shut it.

It's really that simple."



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