PHOTOS: The ‘You Did Not Eat That’ Instagram Parody Account Is Hazardous to Your Health

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Photo: Instagram/youdidnoteatthat

You Did Not Eat That” is an Instagram account that posts photos of people posing with food items that they couldn’t possibly have eaten.

Why not? Because their bodies are, according to the person who runs the account, just too dang hot.

Did you know that a 125-pound lady ate nine pounds of meat in less than 15 minutes the other week? Well, then. 

The photos come with snarky little captions that allude to the people in the photographs being too thin or in shape to even consider tainting their beauty with a donut or a lollipop.

Which is, sadly, a common belief in today’s world. A hot person would never eat anything other than a salad. Right?

While I can’t help feeling vindicated over all those silly Carl’s Jr. commercials starring Audrina Patridge practically making love to a burger with her mouth (no one actually eats a burger like that. Right?), I have to admit that the concept behind the account is incredibly problematic, because it’s totally possible to enjoy a chocolate bar, a parfait, or a piece of pizza and still look good.

Not only is it damaging to suggest otherwise, but it’s also cruel and insulting to the people pictured on the account, many of whom are somewhat Instagram-famous but not otherwise in the public eye. And they certainly didn’t sign up to be body-shamed.

Contrary to popular belief, you can have both a donut and nice heels. Promise.

People have different body experiences. Some men and women can’t lose weight on anything more than 1200 calories a day, while others need 2,500 to sit at their desk for ten hours before taking a quick walk and sleeping for a full eight.

If you’ve ever been on a diet, you may realize that calories-in versus calories-out as the dieting world understands it is a flawed concept. And to that end, indulging once in a while — or, hey, having a delicious dessert most evenings after work — is probably not gonna make you any less conventionally attractive.

Being famous does not preclude the ability to eat things, so I’m going to venture a guess that yes, Kourtney did actually eat that.

In a culture where we want things now and we want them without putting in any effort, it’s certainly important to keep our expectations realistic. But on the flip side of things, the human body might be more resilient than you may realize.

While I’m definitely not advocating for binge-eating, which can be just as harmful as restriction, it’s so important to realize that it’s fine to indulge once in a while.

A couple of Magnum minis runs you approximately 300 calories. That’s just one seventh of the FDA’s recommended daily allowance.

Orthorexia is an eating disorder characterized by an extreme obsession with avoiding “unhealthy” foods. The fixation can lead to severe malnutrition or even death.

And that obsession, which has found its way into many corners of today’s world, is significantly revved up by the patently wrong belief that eating a single cupcake is going to ruin your health forever.

Dehydration from an overly lengthy juice cleanse can actually kill you. But a croissant can’t, unless you’ve got a fatal allergy.

It is fully possible to both play with your food and eat it.

“You Did Not Eat That” is pretty obviously meant as a joke. But there are some things that are too serious to mess around with, and body image is one of them.

And making it seem like it’s totally impossible that a person who values his or her looks would enjoy a single piece of pizza or an ice cream cone once in a while is a major error.

Not least of all, it’s incredibly wrong to judge anyone based on their size — whether they’re a bigger person eating a salad or a smaller one eating an ice cream cone, or the reverse, there’s absolutely no reason to make hurtful comments, on Instagram or in “real life.”

While I don’t personally enjoy fries, this dude might have just run a marathon and could be putting the calories to good use. Who knows? And who are we to judge?

Today, according to the Alliance for Eating Disorders Awareness, roughly 24 million Americans struggle with an eating disorder. 11 percent of all American high school students have been diagnosed with one.

Anorexia is the third most chronic disease among adolescents. And eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses.

Which is pretty scary, considering it’s estimated that only 1 in 10 people with an eating disorder get treatment at all.

These are some pretty scary statistics, and they reveal the need for higher educational standards when it comes to nutrition, exercise and diet.

Too many people subsist on either too much or too little, and it’s hard for people to understand exactly where the happy medium lies.

But I’ll clue you in on a couple of starter tips. That happy medium can definitely involves the periodic piece of pizza. Or ice cream cone. Both are high in calcium, which keeps your bones strong and wards off osteoporosis — a disease that, incidentally, is common in those who restrict their diets.

Or maybe your idea of indulgence is more specialized, like some dark chocolate or a flourless croissant. That’s fine, too.

Just remember this: treating yourself is not a crime. And giving in to your sweet tooth in moderation isn’t gonna stop you from being healthy, happy, or hot. I promise.

She knows what’s up.

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