You know, it’s not easy being overweight or obese in this country. That is one of the main reasons I isolated myself from others, even friends and family. It’s hard enough dealing with the self-imposed shame and embarrassment that comes with being overweight that enduring society’s is painful and unbearable.
A contributing factor is that most people don’t get that most overweight people have tried every diet out there with no lasting success. What’s worse is that people judge us and believe that we have no self-control, a willpower problem or that we “just let ourselves go.” If it were that easy, noone would be heavy.
Noone wants to endure the health risks, physical appearance or social stigma that comes with being overweight. What people don’t consider is the emotional pain that causes us to binge or compulsively overeat. If the emotional reasons for the eating aren’t uncovered, no amount of diet and exercise will work for the long term, that’s why diets don’t work.
So, I feel very misunderstood and judged for an issue that is emotional but manifests physically. I wear my issue on the outside so everyone can see it unlike a shopping or gambling addiction. Yet people have no compassion and judge me instead.
This is my reality and my mission is to raise awareness so I can be understood.