Thursday, February 14, 2013
I am on several boards, including our local fire board. I also have a history of being in politics on a national level.
While in national politics, I was at my highest weight (being on the road 40+ hours week means a lot of fast food!). FACT: When obese, people do not take you seriously. In fact, one person was overheard saying, "she doesn't even have the discipline to eat properly, how can we expect her to exercise discipline in anything else". I was marginalized. I was pushed aside. I was patronized.
Since exiting the political arena, I have been appointed to several political boards, and our local fire board. I have lost 82# and I am the vice president of our county Republican Women. When I talk, people listen.
I am respected in the community and was hired for a well-paying, high visibility job.
It isn't fair, but it is fact. I used to think it was just a self-confidence issue, but frankly, if you are in politics, self-confidence is NOT an issue! It comes down to people's perception.
I have not changed my opinions or stances on issues, yet I am treated differently. It's not fair, just FACT.