Hey all... I need to rant & I hope I've come to the right place. I can never say this to my family members/friends because they think I'm complaining about something I shouldn't be, but I disagree. If you feel the same, please don't post; this is for support, not negativity. This has bothered me for quite a while, but has gotten to me more lately because everytime I read a gossip/women's magazine (Star, Glamour) or watch a health/beauty television show (America's Next Top Model, How to Look Good Naked), I read/hear things like "C'mon, not everyone can be a size 0" or "The Size 0 Trend is Unrealistic and Unhealthy" or "She's too skinny! She's a Size 0!" etc etc etc. I myself am a size 0, & it gets me really upset to hear these things. I don't think that the media or public should portray being a small size, for whatever reason the "0" as something negative, when really they mean "People shouldn't starve themselves to BE an unrealistic size (any size!) if their body type/height & weight is not meant to be that" or "Trying to be thinner than healthy for your body is bad for you" or something like that. It's not about the size itself, it's about the ideas that come along with it... that women starve themselves or are made to feel bad because they are not a certain size, but the issue shouldn't be addressed by attacking the size itself. I say this because I am a young girl (21) and only 5'0. I still get comments about how short I am, and although my confidence is pretty good, I feel very un-womanly because of it when I hear it enough. I am a size 0 BECAUSE i am only 5'0 tall and take care of my weight by consistent diet & exercise to be HEALTHY, not "SKINNY". It's as simple as that. Women can be a size 0 naturally, but that doesn't mean they look like sticks. I CERTAINLY do not. I'm normal, and I would like to feel that when I look in the media, rather than telling every woman who is NOT a size 0 that they're normal and that a 0 isn't, instead that a 0 is just as normal given your weight & height & not that you are trying to be that size unnaturally. At my age, I need just as much reassurance that I am "normal" as other women do, but when I look at women's mags, who should be helping to portray a positive message, they make a 0 seem "abnormal." They discount the fact that the size isn't the case, it's what some women do to attain it. The bottom line is, I think that the point that is being made- that trying to be thinner than your body is letting you, or making yourself feel bad/guilty because you don't weigh/look a certain way- should NOT be directed at a clothing size, because a size 0 doesn't mean "starvation," it can mean "short & small," which means that a size 0 woman can have just as many hangups about her body (feeling un-womanly, not tall enough) as a woman who is not a 0. I'd like to think that all women, especially those who read & watch women's mags/programs, do not brush off women who are smaller just because they were born SHORT & want to be healthy. I don't have any less body hangups/issues/struggles than a woman who is JUST as normal at a size 6 or 10. Does anyone else notice this or feel this way? I wish I could have more positivity from magazines than another article saying why a size fricken 0 is something bad, and feelign like I don't count. I'm not anorexic & 5'10 and a 0; I'm naturally short. So what? Magazines and programs need to redirect what they are trying to say from the size to the issue itself.