"Ppl saying I was FAT @ my wedding: u r the worst kind of ppl on the PLANET. I weigh 107 pounds & am 5'1″. YOU are the reason anorexia exists."
She's right, you know. According to the BMI index at Rush University Medical Centers, a healthy weight for a woman who stands 5'1″ tall is anywhere between 95-116 lbs. So Topanga's body is, in fact, ideal.
But it does seem quite gross to scrutinize someone's body in this way - whether it's a criticism or a compliment. And it is not a good defense to say that we shouldn't call Topanga fat because she is not, technically, fat. We shouldn't call people fat because it's rude.
Sure, celebrities put themselves out there for scrutiny and are "asking for it" in a way, but can't we just enjoy the spunky cuteness of Danielle Fishel? And if we do notice an ounce of back fat here or there, let's overlook it and use the energy we might spend viciously attacking someone on Twitter to maybe do a leg lift or two in order to get our own BMI into the ideal range.
Maybe we could summon our best selves and stifle the social media vitriol of fat-shaming, just because it's good manners to do so.
32-year-old Danielle Fishel got married last week to Tim Belusko, and is now wearing bikinis on her honeymoon in Hawaii. She's set to reprise her role as Topanga in next year's spinoff Girl Meets World. She doesn't feel fat, and she doesn't look fat, and we should all just get over it and be polite - even if she was really, really, fat. But she's not. Hooray!
- By Kacy Faulconer
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