post #61 of 69
5/1/08 at 11:57am
My extra weight had come from a health problem. I had cancer a few years ago and the combo of surgeries, meds and steroids caused me to gain weight. I still struggle with health issues so I am not the tiny thing I used to be but I am just happy to be alive.
Almost dying kind of puts things in sharp focus.
If a person is eating a bad diet of junk and are overweight it is a problem. But if someone exercises and chooses healthy food and are a size 12 then great.
I do think our portion sizes are too big and a sedentary lifestyle is to blame for a lot of it. I think we should be a culture promoting health not size.
I am 5'7 and a natural size 4. But after my illness I wore an 18. People treated me differently and acted like I was invisible. I realized how it must feel to be treated like dirt. I was the same me but with some extra 'me' added on. Flying on an airplane was horrible because I felt embarrassed for taking up so much room. But then I would tell myself that I survived and being alive and an 18 was better than dead and a size 4.
I think people should take care of themselves, make sure their weight is not a signal for an underlying health problem, exercise, eat good food and then be happy with wherever the scale lands.
I am small again but I will never forget what it felt like and when someone makes a fat joke I don't laugh. It is not funny.