07/17/2014 12:12 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Get the Skinny on Skinny Girl Myths

Myth: You can get slim and still drink alcohol.

Fact: Really, it's not wise to raise your glass to shrink your waist. Why drink the extra calories if you don't have to?


Myth: If we are what we eat then skinny girls aren't eating.

Fact: Not true, some gals are just naturally thin. Love um or hate um, thin women are just human beings, like me and you. So please, let's stop calling others skinny bitches, shall we. None of us can be body positive if we keep putting other body types down.

Myth: Never trust a skinny cook.

Fact: This is just a tongue-in-cheek reference. I've yet to meet a cook that hasn't tasted the food they serve.

Myth: You can never be too thin.

Fact: Oh yeah, you can be too thin! I should know, during cancer my weight plummeted to 108 which was too low for my 5'10" body. Still, no matter how thin some girls get, they never seem happy with their weight. Happiness lies outside of the way we look!

Myth: The belief that only thin people should skinny dip.

Fact: Trust me, anyone can skinny dip. But it's a fearless few who dare to bare it all and chunky dunk.

Myth: Inside of every fat person, there's a skinny person inside.

Fact: Nope, nope, nope. Shut that inner voice up with a reality check. We all come in different shapes and sizes. And it's definitely time we celebrate that fact!

Myth: Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.

Fact: Actually, I'm pretty sure chocolate, cupcakes and ice cream tastes as good as skinny feels.

Myth: Only skinny girls can get away wearing skinny jeans.

Fact: Seriously, you don't have to have skinny genes to sport skinny jeans; it just takes confidence -- that's sexy.

Myth: You need to be skinny to be beautiful.

Fact: True beauty is all about the size of your heart, not the size of your jeans.

Remember, being skinny doesn't make you healthy. One of the reasons I, Fiona Finn, fell prey to stage III colon cancer was my lack of exercise. Most of my life I was known as the skinny girl. But as I got older I became skinny-fat or a gal with no muscle mass. Sure, I looked great in my clothes, but I wasn't healthy. The truth is that skinny or fat equals an increased chance of cancer if you're not exercising. So, note to self, living a healthy lifestyle is really the new skinny. And you are beautiful, no matter what your size!

Fiona Finn, author of Raw: One Woman's Journey through Love, Loss, and Cancer. Or follow me, follow me not on Twitter @fionaburkefinn.