I read a lot of blogs, probably less than other bloggers do, but none the less I have a list of my favourites. I found Brittany maybe 18 months or so and I not only love the way she writes but also the topics that she choses to write about. She is a much better blogger than I will ever be. Her blog Brittany Herself can be found here.
Today I read Brittany's post and was so very touched by it. Everything she said in it hit a nerve and it was like she was reading my mind. She has written a blog post that should go viral because of it's importance and because it has the capacity to help others undertsand how overweight people feel.
This topic has always been important to be me because my weight has yo-yo'ed for years. I have been super thin (though could not see that at the time - numpty), thin, overweight, and obese. Now I would be categorised as morbidly obese. I am the biggest I have ever been and I hate myself for it and yet I continue to eat.
Half of the problem is that I seem to be an all or nothing person when it comes to weight loss. When I lose a lot it is because I have flipped a switch, a switch that determines that I will succeed at weight loss. The first time I lost a lot of weight was after divorcing my first husband; I went from 14 stone 6 to 9 stone 2 and now I can look at the few photos I have and think that I looked amazing; such a pity I did not see it at the time. I put that weight back on....and more.
I lost weight again and met my second husband but my weight ballooned again during our marriage; he controlled what he ate and drank and I used to sneak food and hide Coca Cola in the wardrobes as a way of defying him.
I lost weight again during the divorce and met my now husband. He met me thin, he saw me thinner, he saw me gain weight and eventually I reached 16 stone 8 and I hated myself. Hubby told me every day he loved me (and he still does) but I couldn't see why. I flipped that switch and dropped 79 lbs and I felt amazing! I knew I would look great for our wedding. Yet by the time our wedding arrived i weighed near to 13 stone. Now you can add over 5 stone on top of that; I hate myself and yet I still eat.
So yes, Brittany's post is important. Because people only see the exterior and yet they form their opinion of that person on that exterior and they comment to others and make jokes and they do not see that an overweight person may well already hate themselves. More jokes and comments hurt more and so we eat more and so the everlasting circle continues.
I urge any one reading this blog - please visit Brittany Herself! I commented because I felt compelled to; in the hope that one person who has formed opinions on an overweight person without getting to know them should at least be able to read how it makes people feel.