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I was originally going to write a post all about canning for today—and even have an awesome giveaway from Ball jars for you—but that’ll have to wait until next week, because, kids, I’ve got something to say. And it probably isn’t going to be popular.

I’m annoyed by bacon.
Unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve probably noticed that bacon and other kinds of “naughty” stigma foods have become really hip and trendy. I know it sounds silly to say food has become trendy, but when you can walk into an Urban Outfitters and find a whole section of bacon-themed goods, it’s trendy. Hipsters, unite!

Now, I have no issues with bacon itself. In fact, quite the opposite. I freaking love bacon. It’s delicious! And good with just about everything. Bacon rocks! I’d actually love to be noming on some bacon rightthisverysecond.

My issue with bacon is the fact that it have become this calling card for women to project their carefree approach to eating. I don’t have disordered eating! You know why? Because I eat lots of bacon! I put bacon on everything! I love bacon! I’m slender and like bacon! Look how cute and quirky I am!  I can eat twenty pounds of bacon and still fit into my Daisy Dukes! That’s balance! 

And that, in-and-of-itself, is even fine, in moderation. My real problem with this whole situation is the complete and total double-standard.

I read a lot of blogs. A lot of blogs. And a whole lot of those are food blogs. And the vast majority of them are written by beautiful, intelligent, clever, creative women (or else I wouldn’t read them, obviously). But I’ve noticed an insane double standard when it comes to posting decadent recipes. A hypothetical example: a slender, single-digit-sized blogger can post a recipe with bacon and chocolate and cheese and twenty pounds of pork rinds and get lauded for how carefree she is about food. She’s a hero! She’s skinny AND eats like that! She must be super woman!

The double-standard comes in when a more zaftig blogger posts a similar recipe. I have my fair share of decadent desserts on this blog and I have gotten multiple emails and comments telling me I shouldn’t be posting recipes like that. I’m not being a good role model. I’m celebrating obesity. I’m being irresponsible. I’ve even been told I should just stop trying to pretend I’m healthy because I post a recipe for Butterfinger Cheesecake or Bacon and Brie Mac and Cheese every now and again. Somehow, because I weigh more than your “average” blogger, it’s downright offensive that I post food like that. How dare I! I’m fat. I should be eating kale only! I’m a terrible role model!

If you’re a size 6 and eat bacon, you’re a hero! But if you’re a size 16 and eat it, you should be berated for your bad behavior. Why, hello there, double-standard. Nice to see you.

Oh wait, not really.

It’s not only in the blog world, obviously. It’s rampant in all of our media. You all know I love Gilmore Girls, but one of the top things I can’t stand about it (right behind Alexis Bledel’s painfully awkward hugs) is the portrayal of their diet of candy, fried food, take-out and coffee as cute and quirky. We’re led to believe that it’s an adorable characteristic that these naturally slender women can binge on pizza and cookie dough for seven straight seasons without gaining an ounce. There is something endearing about their pig out sessions. Why? Because it’s cute when skinny girls pig out. But there is article after article chastising Mike and Molly for portraying an overweight couple that eats unhealthy foods. Oh hey, double-standard is double. It’s okay for the beautiful skinny girls to eat like crap, but showing the fatties eating like crap is disgusting!

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So why is it okay in our culture to be skinny and eat junk, but not be fat and eat junk? To me, there isn’t much difference. Even worse, it seems like to be skinny and eat crappy is even better than to be fat and eat healthy. How in the heck does that make any sense? In high school, I was the smallest I’ve ever been. I was about 50 pounds lighter than I am now, I lived on a diet of Honey Buns from the school vending machine and Mountain Dew. Let me tell you, I feel better, more alive, more energetic now at 50 pounds heavier than I ever did then. Food matters. And I think it matters a heck of a lot more than dress size.

I say, let’s eat bacon. Let’s all eat bacon, if that’s your thing! But let’s do it in moderation and without it being a social commentary on our eating styles. Just because I eat bacon every now and again doesn’t make me a lazy lardass who can’t control her eating habits and just because a slender girl eats bacon doesn’t make her the epitome of balanced eating. So let’s stop treating certain foods as if they speak volumes. Let’s stop celebrating slender women for eating something “bad” and let’s stop shaming overweight women for doing the same. Because neither of those are productive.

In general, let’s just…judge less, k? You with me?

Now go make yourself a B.L.T.

Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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  1. Aryana

    I think it’s equally bad when skinny and larger people eat unhealthily ALL the time, but I don’t think it’s bad for people of either body type to treat themselves every once and a while. I do agree that there is a double standard in the media and the world around us that skinny people can eat unhealthily all they want and larger people shouldn’t, because the culture is completely focused on image, and the image being currently touted is a skinny one. So people that are naturally skinny are usually left alone as far as badgering goes about nutrition because they’ve already “arrived”.

    However, I believe that being healthy is more important than being skinny, so I don’t really think its okay for people of either body type to live completely unhealthy lifestyles..both should take care of their bodies and live a healthy lifestyle.

  2. I cannot believe people actually take time to email you and give you crap about posting what I call “indulgent” recipes!!! I call them “indulgent” recipes…not “every-day” recipes for a reason…you don’t freakin’ eat them everyday! I’m sorry you have to be put through that crap and it’s definitely not fair! I love all of your posts…keep ’em up.

  3. I was talking about this at my Bootcamp class tonight (in which none of us are skinnies, but all are attempting to be healthies). One of the other women (there are four of us) commented that she forgot her workout clothes at home, so she ran to Target on her lunch break to get workout clothes.

    Only, they don’t MAKE workout clothes for people who are qualified as plus-size (aka, average).

    Oh, the irony!

    They don’t make workout clothes for those women who they implore on every tv show known to man to ‘get moving’. The articles in every magazine you read often say ‘get yourself a new workout outfit to kick your new regimen off right’…only, what if you don’t FIT into the cute workout clothes and are, instead, relegated to wearing the tent-like t-shirts you’re trying to hard to un-embrace?

  4. By the time I got to the end of your post, I was fist-pumping along with you. Way to say it, sister!! And thank you!

    By the way, have you ever tried kale braised with bacon? It’s delicious. 🙂

    Your blog is a great new find for me, looking forward to more.

  5. I just had to chime in to say I totally agree! It makes no sense at all. No one eats 100% “clean” all the time anyways. Whatever that even means, because it’s different for everyone. Everyone needs treats and has special occasions and no one should be judged for those! Thank you so much for writing this!

  6. Love this. Sharing it.

    I just started Weight Watchers two weeks ago, and had no idea that BK had come out with a bacon sundae..now I may need to change my route home so I’m not tempted to blow a week’s worth of points.

    First time reading your blog, glad I found it! Rock on.

  7. wendy r.

    Cassie –

    Thank you for writing what clearly so many of us feel (based on the comments here alone). The double standards that are in every aspect of our lives seem to be punctuated by those that we impose on our eating habits – it’s such a raw nerve for so many of us, so many of us that have struggled through the last (goodnessonlyknowshowmany) pounds multiple times.

    We judge ourselves and others, and yet we are the only ones who carry the sum total of our life experiences.

    Thank you for sharing yours.

  8. Nicole Marie

    COMPLETELY agree with this post! Drives me nuts. The idea that it’s ok for skinny people to chow down on junk but not overweight people is just mind boggling to me. It basically just encourages the idea that the way you look is more important than taking care of yourself and being health. So crazy!

  9. When I started thinking about a theme for my blog, I quickly pushed the health and fitness idea to the side. I eat pretty healthy and I love working out but sometimes I don’t.

    Sometimes I enjoy creating the most cheese dripped, meat stuffed sandwich possible. I can go a week without working out.

    I knew I would feel some sort of guilt if I were to eat from the Burger King window. Also, I’m not your typical single digit blogger. I felt that I wouldn’t be taken seriously.

    Reading about your experience sadly confirmed my suspicions. I think it’s unfortunate women are judge so harshly on their size. When are we going to get over this?

    1. Cassie

      I love writing a health and fitness blog that shows the “real” side of it. And I hope people appreciate it, too. There are way too many perfect health and fitness bloggers out there (or, at the very least, all they project on their blog is perfection). It just isn’t realistic.

      I’m not sure we’re ever going to get over it. Which makes me so, so sad.

  10. Julia

    Thank you for this post. This post (for me) spoke less to how other people make assumptions about my weight and my choices, and more about how I’m constantly reacting and acting in fear of those assumptions (even when they aren’t even happening), and how I make those very assumptions myself! I’m constantly watching how I behave in front of other people just waiting for how they might judge me. I’ll deny myself a treat at the grocery store thinking “if I buy this, the check-out person is going to think this is why I’m fat”. And even worse, I’m constantly partaking in this double-standard with regard to the way my slender boyfriend and I eat. I’ll whine that he “gets” to eat treats because he’s skinny, but I can’t because I’m fat. I’ll insist he take much bigger portions and sometimes deny myself full meals because I don’t “get” to eat like he does. Like it’s some sort of gift he’s been granted and I’m missing out on – the power of skinny.

    1. Cassie

      I do the same thing! I give my husband larger portions because he “can” eat it. Which isn’t right. I “can” eat it too!

  11. Cassie…another great article and you make so many points that really hit home for me. I hate that double standard, but what I hate even more is that I wish that I were thin so that then I COULD eat whatever I want and not worry about what someone will think when I am …eating at a public event…buying food in the grocery store…That’s pretty sad. I try to eat 80/20 but because I’m heavier, people assume I know nothing about good food choices. Most of the time I want to say, “hey I know a LOT more about good food choices than you, you fool” hello, let’s compare grocery carts…mine full of fruits and veggies, dairy…yours filled with processed boxed items! DRIVES ME CRAZY!!!!
    Okay, end of rant! I guess I really needed to vent my frustrations as well. I think many people feel this type of double standard and appreciate reading a commentary that points its finger to the wrongness of this by our society.
    As always, I love your blog and keep on doing what your doing!
    **I love Gilmore Girls too and I also think to myself…NO TWO people could eat as much as they do and be as thin as they are 🙂 Just re-watched the Movie Night with Dean and still can’t get over all the junk food!

    1. Cassie

      I constantly worry that people are judging me for my food choices, especially in the grocery store. And to be honest, I’m guilty of it too. More than once I’ve looked at a mother with a bunch of kids and a cartful of junk food and though, “If only she knew…’ but really, who am I to judge her?

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