Name-Calling & Jokes
If you were overweight growing up and weren’t home schooled, then you are well aware of the names and jokes that were made at your expense. Personally, it was really bad for me through elementary and middle school.
During high school my weight was much less of a target for jokes, but when it was it was much more venomous. The sad thing was, I was the class clown in school; I was fairly popular and still had the blunt of numerous jokes.
Other overweight kids weren’t so lucky — they got tormented daily. I could have probably stood up for them or at the very least changed the subject, but I didn’t. I thought about it several times, but I simply didn’t want to take the chance of the jokes backfiring on me.
Parents: Don’t let your kids go through school overweight.
If you don’t (tactfully) try to help your kids lose weight you’re setting them up for years of torment that no skinny person can ever understand. Having said that though, being overweight in school made me tough. I was called so many vicious things and dealt with so much crap in school that it makes me extremely insensitive when I face aggression or adversity these days.
I haven’t been called a name (related to my weight) for years — until today. I was called “crazy” again today by the gal I talked with earlier at the gym. She was with her friend behind me doing ab crunches and I saw her pointing at me through the mirror — as soon as she did that, I muted my music.
See that kid? He does 45 minutes on the elliptical every day at level 12. He’s crazy, I don’t know how he does it!
She’s wrong, though — I’m on a level 13 now, not 12. I moved up today and burned 811 calories in 45 minutes on the elliptical machine.
Weigh-in tomorrow, I’ll see you guys then.