Let me start by saying that I do not recall a time in my life where I was thin...ever. I am 38 years old now and have lived the majority of those years realizing a couple of things.
1. I am larger than most people.
2. It is socially acceptable to be mean to overweight and/or obese people.
So, a little while after my 37th birthday, I realized that I want to be able to physically do more than I could and started exercising. I saw some weight coming off and my clothes fitting better and decided maybe I would try this lifestyle change thing.
I must confess that I have been picked on, made fun of, bullied, etc. for my weight, but NEVER has anything hurt more than the comments people make when they are trying to "help" me. So called "friends" (they are actually only acquaintances) want to talk to me about my "problem" and offer me heartless and rude advice. Why is it that once someone learns about the journey you are on, they feel like they deserve input, explanations, and information?
So, if you are one of these people:
No, I don't have a "problem." I have an opportunity to change my life as I see fit, not YOU.
No, I will NOT try some crazy fad diet or take any sort of pills or supplements in order to accomplish MY goals.
No, I will NOT starve myself.
No, I have never even considered surgery.
No, I really do NOT want to hear about what worked for you, your uncle, or your second cousin's girlfriend's brother.
and Guess What? If I am not sleeping with you and we are NOT personal friends and I am not paying you for your professional opinion, you have no right to MY personal information....including, but not limited to my clothes size, weight, calorie intake, workout schedule, etc.
In short, please exercise some civility and keep your hateful albeit well meaning comments to yourself. Stereotypes hurt just as do backhanded compliments. Just because I may realize that I am overweight, that does not give YOU the right to comment on my weight. I assure you that my weight is bothering you more than it is me...so, keep it to yourself.