The Most Disturbing Thinspo Quotes On The Internet

Despite efforts made to eradicate internet thinspo (short for thinsperation, a portmanteau of thin and inspiration) it’s still as prevalent as ever, infecting instagram, pinterest and tumblr with it’s harmful messages often couched in shaming language and pretty pictures of pretty ladies running on a beach. Somehow, no matter how hard I try to consume only the most body positive and health friendly stuff on the internet and I’m still inundated with this nonsense. Thinspo is impossible to escape. It’s dark and hard to see, but it’s critical to be aware of it and to be able to criticize the damaging message being perpetuated.

Here are 10 particularly screwed up thinspo images that keep popping up on my fitness related social media:

1) I guess not eating garbage is good, but what’s with the headless girl and shallow reasoning behind the choice to eat right?aec8be4baa6821968e60aa7198b2d908

2) Cool rhyme/mantra! Psych it’s horrible and also, this picture doesn’t even show thighs. 050a0675298256bd5df770f3b9d88ed1

3) Are these women consenting to having their images used in this manner? This message is super twisted, even thin people have to eat. Everyone has to eat. You can’t just say no to food.


4) This is factually incorrect. 5daef9c8011f10623244f3c4fa047a0d 5) Nope. The worst reason to “get skinny” is to have clothing look better. These thinspo images are often predicated on this idea that thin women don’t have self esteem issues and that everyone agrees thin = good.5df7489f9cb2dbe85e6066cefb504e62 6) No matter how many squats you do, the butt you have will always be the butt you have and even if you have a problem with it now, there is no guarantee that you won’t still have a problem with it once you meet your goal. 97da98d91bd8e0958b073a069d1f532c 7) Again with the garbage comparison and the egregiously sexualized image of a woman with her head cut off. What is this about? Why is this a pattern?7aa6002f070fb9fc9f491606be5f7431 8) Just “cuz” you don’t like the way something looks, doesn’t mean it doesn’t look good to someone.aa0d2423b8491b9196b5f9face7cc05a 9) ac2a7a2deebd31781a6cd4318304fad5 10) This is an example of what I consider the worst and most offensive thinspo. It divides a woman into body parts, renders her anonymous by obscuring her face and shamelessly uses her body in attempts to guilt the viewer out of a fucking cookie. a9695e5fb637ce85d1a453d0711b91c0

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    • Bella

      Yes. Yes I am sure I want that cookie. And I’ll have yours too, if you don’t want it.

      • Benwhoski

        Yeah, pretty much this.

        It might just be my rebellious nature, but when I read things like “Do you really want that cookie?” my immediate thought is “Yes, I do. And I’m even going to ENJOY it! Muahahahaha!”

      • Joanna Rafael

        More cookies for us.

    • Naomi Williams

      Regarding #7: Your stomach shouldn’t be a garbage can, but I guess it’s OK for it to be a pin cushion.

    • Lauren Lever

      Maybe it is just me, but I don’t think these are that disturbing at all. If you are not genetically blessed to being thin, you have to work at it, I have had to give up a lot of foods that I love and the result is that I have dropped 12 pounds from the holidays. If you want to have a certain look (it is up to you to determine whether that is good or bad, it is really neutral), you have to sacrifice certain things and cut your diet to a caloric deficit. If people get inspiration to look a certain way as long as they are within a healthy BMI and getting all the nutrients they need, I don’t see the problem.

      • HB

        First, Congratulations on your weight loss. I mean that sincerely– it takes a lot of dedication.

        But I think the problem is the use of the word “inspiration,” when really a lot of these things make people decide to change their habits through intimidation, guilt, shame, etc, by promoting unhealthy, superficial goals — not by inspiring them to stick to healthy habits. You added the qualifier, “as long as they are within a healthy BMI and getting all the nutrients they need,” yet none of these thinspo quotes are about that. They’re merely about a somewhat extreme appearance result.

      • Lauren Lever

        I guess you have to take things in context. There are some really dark thinspo pictures out there with worse quotes like “never thin enough” or “dying to be thin” stuff like that. I think these are relatively harmless.

    • Muggle

      #3 is disturbing, because at what point do you stop saying no to food? The other ones are shitty, but not nearly so harmful as that one. That’s the worst.