Good message, Jennifer. I applaud your determination. I really think that much of the problem lies with our society. We are bombarded on a daily basis with commercials depicting delicious food, laden with fat, salt, and enough carbohydrates to sink a ship!!! Most of the interior sections of our grocery stores are filled with treats of all kinds. Then, we turn around and condemn people for being overweight and obese. To so many, the worst thing in the world is to be a "fattie." I am an obese person. I recently have taken my diet and exercise seriously. Yet, when I go to the Y, I am the biggest person there. I wonder where are others who could really use the workouts-of course at their own speed and ability. Are they too intimidated by the stares or frightened by being made fun of and treated like a second class alien? So, I, like Jennifer, take my stand at the Y. Yes, I am awkward, and I can't do everything that others do. But I will continue to go-and work and help my health. Hopefully, I can encourage others, just as Jennifer did!!!
Thank you for this. I am sharing it on my facebook because I have family who think it is okay to pick on me about my weight. Okay I was 200 pounds over weight. They know I was fighting with this for years. But the jokes hurt so much. So far I managed to lose 100 pounds with they help of a wonderful doctor who knew how to address the issue and did not give me the same answer as the others. (surgery) Turns out I had a medical issue that needed to be corrected. Once it was, the weight finally came off. The other half of my weight still needs to go and does not understand my eviction notice. But in time I will over come that in the end as well. Love to you and your family and good luck.
Well said. A person's worth isn't measured by their size, height, skin color, belief system, sexual orientation, gender or weight.
3/2/2015 3:38:10 PM
Jennifer you are a gret role model for young and old. Thanks for that!!
2/26/2015 12:11:36 PM
1/8/2015 1:38:30 AM
You are a beautiful woman Jennifer! So courageous! I have been every size imaginable. From very thin in my teens, on the verge of having an eating disorder, to now needing to lose a lot of weight. And, while I know my weight isn't healthy, I sure don't need someone that doesn't even know me to bully me about something that has already caused me more pain than anything in my life ever has. From the bottom of my heart thank you!!
11/6/2014 9:19:18 AM
10/27/2014 2:33:36 PM
She is so beautiful, this really motivated me, and I was very emotional while watching this. She is so positive, proud and positively moving.
I think she is an inspiration to all children, especially girls, as this shows you can be overweight & still have a great job! That being overweight isn't the worse thing that can happen. A person can be happy & fulfilled regardless of how people want to label you.
Commenting on a person's appearance is just a way for a person to feel morally superior to another. Fat is considered a moral failure. She's right. Fat people know they are fat. They know it is not the healthiest state to be in, but it is their body and no one knows what is behind that fat. Fat shamers should redirect their emotional energy to solving issues of poverty and violence, not the size of their neighbour's rear end.
9/9/2014 8:34:40 AM
Thank God for this lovely Lady's editorial! It is NOT the body but the soul of the person that makes them who they are. I was a skinny kid in the 50's when rounder ladies were considered sexy (a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe, Jane Mansfield, etc.) Just when puberty started to bulk me up...along comes TWIGGY! It is ALL about fads and fashions, and all that is SUPERFICIAL. People need depth and personality. My mother's family was from New Orleans and I grew up surrounded by strong, PLUMP, happy, Food-loving women. They were wonderful, and they knew how to LOVE. I am a cancer survivor without a thyroid and I can tell you "plumpness" is part of my life now, but I am still ME! ALIVE!
8/28/2014 2:22:26 PM
The sad thing is, bullies are just people with painfully low self-esteem. My dad always said, "Hurt people hurt people." It's hard to feel compassion for someone who causes you pain, but that is the highest order of "loving your enemies". When I see children who are bullies, I know where it must come from. It hurts me to see suffering perpetuated in such an oblivious and ignorant manner on to the smallest and most impressionable. The man who wrote this should be more concerned about the example he is setting, rather than Jennifer's appearance.
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