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Body Image and Being Overweight

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Being overweight started as far back as I can remember which was 3 years old. All my class pictures during elementary school showed the class lined up on the steps in rows of usually three. I was always placed in the back of the line-up since I took up the place of two students standing in front of me. If I was in front, I'd have blocked them from being seen. Children as we all know can be cruel. My nickname was "fatty Patty." A family member also was critical of my weight. This effected me.

Once I got to junior high school, I grew taller and was thin for the first time. I was able to buy normal size clothes and not have to go to a specialty shop. That thin me didn't last. Over the years I've lost and re-gained weight numerous times. At my heaviest I weighed 250 lbs.

Needless to say, from a very young age I haven't had a good body image of myself. Currently I am at my goal weight and hope, through SP, to maintain it this time. I'm extremely limited to exercise because of having severe osteoporosis since I was 35 years old, over 25 year ago. During this time, I've broken numerous bones. Scoliosis caused by the osteoporosis causes daily back pain.

Water exercise would be perfect for me. The only fitness center in my small city that had a swimming pool had to shut it permanently because of water leaks. Since it's summer I have an aquaintance who asked me to swim last week. Well, I didn't own a swimsuit then. I actually took a huge step and bought one. I'm ready to go when she asks again. The old thoughts in my head about how bad I look still haunt me. I'm determined to go swimming when asked again. I just wish I could change my body image and be comfortable wearing a swimsuit.

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  • LINDAJ0621
    Don't worry about the bathing suit issue...you look great! I just bought one this year for first time in many years. I have decided to "strut my stuff", so I suck in my gut and throw my shoulders back and try to FEEL like I look fantastic...try it, it works!!!
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    3309 days ago
    My grandson is overweight and I am trying to help him with body image, too. He is starting a new school this fall and I am concerned about the teasing as these children do not know him and third grade is hard to "break into." I wasn't teased for my weight (I was one of those "skinnies") but I was teased because I was smart and made fun of! I have decided that children will tease you if you are different than them and if they find out (somehow they got ahold of test scores and read them - how's that for privacy!)they will use it against you no matter what!! When I got into high school, it was better, thank goodness.

    I agree - why don't you offer to go along swimming with your friend! I, too, think you would look great in a swim suit!

    3314 days ago
    You look great. You need to look yourself in the mirror, straight in your eyes and say, "You are beautiful just as you are and I LOVE YOU." Everytime you pass a mirror. Out loud when you can, inside your head when necessary.

    As for the acquaintance that asked you to swim, do you have to wait for her to offer again? Or could you say to her, "Next time you need someone to swim with I would be up for it."
    3314 days ago
  • BIGT_56
    Yes, kids can be cruel. I was not overweight as a child, but my daughter was and it created body image and self esteem issues that turned into a drug problem. My grandaughter is fighting the same weight battle. I am trying everything I can think of to help her with her body image, so she doesn't end up going down the same path. She is only seven, but she is already getting picked on bad. She won't talk about it much, but I can see the signs.
    I am glad you are coming to terms with yourself...it is never to late to learn to love "you".
    3314 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10464769
    I wish I could change my body image also!

    I think I am getting better. Keep working at it, you are worth it.

    I try to tell myself I am a good person everyday.

    emoticon on the loss, you look great. I bet you would look great in a swimsuit. You just need to find one that fits you well and that you love.

    3314 days ago
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